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Psychology AS and A level at Stowmarket High School

Course description

Many people, when they hear the word ‘Psychology’, think of mental disorders and abnormal behaviour. But psychologists are not only concerned with extremes of behaviour. Many psychologists investigate very ordinary, everyday behaviour such as memory, making friends, getting aggressive, thinking, obeying others, sleeping and seeing. Psychology can be defined as ‘the scientific study of human behaviour and experience’.  It is a fascinating subject because it is about you and me and ‘what makes us tick’. 

The subject is an excellent choice at AS. It requires a mix of critical thinking and English, Mathematics and Science  skills. A level Psychology is recognised by QCA and many universities as a Science A’ level. It is usually accepted as a suitable subject for a wide variety of degree courses including medicine and also is a subject which many employers recognize as developing  all important people skills.

Course content

The AS consists of four topics

Social Psychology:  obedience, prejudice

Cognitive Psychology:  memory

Biological Psychology:  brain functioning, aggression

Learning Theories:  conditioning, phobias

The content for Topics 1, 2, 3 and Topic 4 is the same for the AS and A level qualifications, so even though they are separate qualifications they are co taught in the first year.

Social and Cognitive Psychology

Biological Psychology and Learning Theories 

Clinical Psychology:  schizophrenia, OCD or anorexia

Criminological Psychology:  jury decision making, eyewitness testimony, causes and treatments of crime

Psychological skills:  review of methodologies, review of studies, review of issues and debates


Learning in Lessons -

A variety of methods are used. These include ‘lectures’ discussion groups, videos, personal and group work, practical workshops, your own research projects etc.. Whatever methods are used, it is essential that you have a ‘user-friendly’ record, so note-taking and organisation is an important skill to develop. The course is 100% assessed by four examination modules.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowmarket High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September