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AS/A2 LEVEL PSYCHOLOGY at Plantsbrook School

Course description

AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Psychology A

Course content


AS Level

Unit 1

·         Cognitive Psychology – Memory including models of memory and memory in everyday life

·         Development Psychology – Early Social Development, including theories of attachment, disruption of attachment and attachment in everyday life

·         Research Methods


Unit 2

·         Biological Psychology – Stress, including stress as a bodily response and stress in everyday life

·         Social Psychology- Social Influence, including conformity, obedience and social change

·         Individual Differences – Abnormality, including defining and explaining psychological abnormality and treating abnormality

A2 Level

Unit 3

·         3 topics from Relationships, Intelligence and Learning, Perception and Aggression


Unit 4

·         Psychopathology:  Either schizophrenia, depression or anxiety disorders

·         Psychology in Action – anomalistic psychology

Psychology Research and Scientific Method, including the application of scientific method in psychology, designing psychological investigations and data analysis and reporting on investigations

Entry requirements


·         An interest in why people think and behave in a certain way

·         A desire to develop an interest and enjoyment in Psychology

·         No prior knowledge of Psychology is needed however an aptitude for Science is highly recommended.

·         Grade A* – B GCSE in English

·         8 A* – C passes at GCSE




·         Each unit is worth 50% of total AS mark and 25% of the total A Level mark

·         Both units have written exams of one and a half hours

·         Unit 1 will be examined in January of Year 12


·         Each unit is worth 25% of the total A Level mark

·         Both units have written exams

·         Unit 3 is one and half hours and Unit 4 is 2 hours

·         Unit 3 will be assessed in January of Year 13

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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