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Psychology (AS and A Level) at Morecambe Community High School

Course description

The syllabus is designed to introduce students to a range of different approaches, studies and research methods in Psychology. A2 level allows for greater depth of study in some of the areas covered at AS level and also covers Applied Psychology e.g. Criminal and Clinical Psychology.

Course content


To develop an understanding of different areas of Psychology and to develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.


  •   Biopsychology (e.g. stress reactions in the body, brain surgery for mental illness).
  •   Psychodynamic Psychology (unconscious thought processes, personality development, dream analysis).
  •   Behavioural Psychology (learning techniques, development of aggression, treatment for phobias).
  •   Cognitive Psychology (thought processes, judging others behaviour, cognitive therapies).
  •   Ten Classic Studies (all related to the above areas of Psychology).
  •   Research Methods (how Psychology studies are undertaken).





Paper 1 Paper 2

One Hour 15 mins. Approaches in Psychology
Compulsory questions (‘mini’ essay answers)

One Hour 45 mins. Core Studies and Research Methods Section A (Core Studies) ‘mini’ essays

Section B (Research methods) short answer questions

2 examination papers. No coursework. methods and issues covered at AS level).

Controversies, Topics and Applications (includes Gender and Cultural bias in research, Relationships, Forensic Psychology and Abnormal Psychology).

One paper (1hr 30mins) requires short answers and short essays on Research Methods and Issues in Psychology.

The other paper (2 Hours 30 mins) requires students to write essays to show understanding of controversies, topics and applications.


Future opportunities

Psychology is an ideal subject, regardless of your career plans, as you will acquire, in Psychology, what employers call `transferable skills’ – skills relevant to all jobs.

Psychology is an essential subject if you wish to become a professional psychologist or to teach psychology. It is very helpful if you want to work with people, e.g. Teaching, Nursing or Social Work. However, Psychology students embark on a varied range of careers including Medicine, Accountancy, Law and the Armed Forces.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

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