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A Level Psychology at Ruislip High School

Course description

Psychology is the science of the mind, mental life and behaviour.

It is a fascinating subject, which helps us to understand why we behave in the ways that we do. It can also reveal the surprising ways in which we react to certain situations and highlight hidden aspects of human nature.

For example, can psychology help us understand why just under 1000 people willingly committed suicide in Jonestown on the orders of their leader Jim Jones?

To what extent is our memory accurate? Is it as reliable as we think it is?

How much of our behaviour is the result of hormones, neurotransmitters and brain structure? How much of our behaviour is the result of our environment and experiences?

How do our environments and our biology interact?

Psychologists are concerned with investigating these questions and providing evidence for and against different theories.

Course content

AS Level Psychology

  • Cognitive Psychology & Memory – including how it works, how it can be improved and the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.
  • Developmental Psychology & Attachment – including how and why attachments form, the consequence of poor attachments, the effect on day care on social development.
  • Social Psychology & Social Influence – including how conformity and obedience influence behaviour, the surprising power of social influence over human behaviour, and variables which increase independent behaviour.
  • Individual Differences & Abnormality – including what is ‘abnormal’ behaviour? How can we explain ‘abnormal’ behaviour? How should we treat abnormal behaviour?
  • Biological Psychology & Stress – including the psychological and biological causes of stress, the consequences of stress for the body (eg. illness) and how should stress be managed.
  • Research Methods - how psychologists use scientific principles to investigate human behaviour, and the strengths and weaknesses of each of their methods.

A2 Level Psychology

  • Media Psychology
  • Depression
  • Research Methods
  • Biological Rhythms and Sleep
  • Aggression
  • Eating behaviour

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015

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