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Psychology A Level at Bishop Heber High School

Course description

Psychology involves the study of mental processes and behaviour in the context of real life experiences. This course is for those who have an enquiring mind, like to discuss and wish to gain an understanding of how humans (and non-humans) develop, socialise and interact with each other.

Course content

A Level Course Content

Unit 1:  Social influence

Why do people conform to group pressures and obey authority?

Unit 2:  Memory

How do we remember and why do we forget? 

Unit 3:  Attachment

How and why do we form attachments to others?

Unit 4:  Approaches in Psychology

What are the origins of Psychology and is Psychology a science?

Unit 5:  Psychopathology What is ‘abnormality’? And how do people develop Phobias, Depression and OCD? 

Unit 6:   Research Methods

How is psychological research carried out and interpreted?

Unit 7:   Biopsychology

How does the brain work?

Unit 8:   Issues and debates in Psychology

Are Psychological studies biased in any way?

We will then pick to learn 1 topic from each of these option blocks: 

Option block 1:  Relationships, Gender, or Cognitive Development 

Option block 2:  Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, or Stress

Option block 3:   Aggression, Forensic Psychology, or Addiction  

 

AS Level

If you choose to take the standalone AS qualification over 1 year we will study only topics 1-6. 

A Level

If you choose to take A level Psychology over 2 years we will cover topics 1-6 in the first year and topics 7,8 and 3 more (1 each from option blocks 1-3) 

 

Assessment

AS Level

You will sit 2 summer exams.

Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minute exam, topics 1-3   72 marks in total worth 50% of the AS Grade  

Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minute exam, topics 4-6   72 marks in total worth 50% of the AS Grade

A Level

You will sit 3 summer exams at the end of your second year

Paper 1: 2 hour exam, topics 1-4   96 marks in total worth 33% of the A level Grade

Paper 2: 2 hour exam, topics 5-7   96 marks in total worth 33% of the A level Grade

Paper 3: 2 hour exam, topic 8 plus one topic from each of the 3 option blocks   96 marks in total worth 33% of the A level Grade

 

As with all new specifications the AS qualification is ‘stand-alone’ and does not contribute towards the final A2 grade. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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