Psychology A Level at Bishop Heber High School
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.
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
If you choose to take the standalone AS qualification over 1 year we will study only topics 1-6.
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)
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
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.