A Level Psychology at Matthew Arnold School
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. The course encourages students to investigate how, when and why humans think, feel and behave as they do.
In year 12, students will study four core areas of psychology, each represented by a relevant topic. They will investigate a range of key questions including: How does the human memory work? Why do we forget things? How and why do children form attachments in infancy? What is normal and abnormal? What makes people obedient to authority? Students will also study a short course on research methods and approaches in psychology.
In year 13, students will study three different areas of psychology: relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology. They will investigate a range of key theories and explanations including: virtual relationships in social media, psychological and biological explanations for schizophrenia and offender profiling. They will also study the main issues and debates in psychology.
Students will be expected to have researched the nature of psychology and the work of psychologists. They should be enjoying their GCSE sciences, English and mathematics courses and be likely to achieve an average of grade B at GCSE.
AS Paper 1
Introductory topics in psychology – social influence, memory and attachment. Written exam - 50% of AS
AS Paper 2
Psychology in context – approaches in psychology, psychopathology and research methods. Written exam - 50% of AS
A2 Paper 1
Introductory topics in psychology – social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology Written exam – 33.3% of A-level
A2 Paper 2
Psychology in context – approaches in psychology, biopsychology, and research methods. Written exam – 33.3% of A-level
A2 Paper 3
Issues and options in psychology – issues and debates in psychology, relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology. Written exam 33.3% of A-level
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matthew Arnold School directly.