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Psychology A Level at Corfe Hills School

Course description

You will study issues, debates and options in Psychology.

Issues and debates: Freewill v’s determinism, nature-nurture debate, holism and reductionism, idiographic and nomothetic approaches to investigations, and ethical implications of research.

Options in Psychology:

Relationships: Have you ever wondered what has influenced people’s partner choices? This section will look at various theories of relationships, including virtual relationships, and factors affecting social relationships.

Schizophrenia: How do we classify and explain schizophrenia?  This section will explore the symptoms, biological explanations, drug therapy, and the use of cognitive behaviour therapy.

Forensic Psychology: What are the problems with defining crime? How do psychologists profile criminals? This area of the course is interested in understanding psychological explanations of criminal behaviour, but also how we should deal with offenders – anger management or restorative justice?

Course content

A2 Psychology focusses on various theories, debates and issues when investigating behaviour, this is developed in far more depth and detail than at AS level. 


You will take one exam at A2 level – there is no coursework:

Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology.  Written exam 2 hours.  96 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September