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Psychology A level at Richard Challoner School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. The mind is the most complex machine on Earth; it is the source of all our thoughts and behaviours, so if you are passionate about understanding how people think and behave then Psychology is for you!

Course content

The course covers a variety of topics and disciplines in psychology. In one examination paper you will cover social influence (e.g. why did the Germanic people obey the Nazis and why do people conform?), memory (e.g. how we create and store memories and are these reliable), attachment (e.g. how do we form attachments and what impact do these attachments have on our later development?), and psychopathology (e.g. how do we define abnormality and treat people who suffer from mental illness?). For your second examination paper, you will cover approaches in psychology (e.g. how do the different disciplines in psychology explain why humans behave the way they do?), biopsychology (e.g. the structure and function of the brain), and scientific processes (e.g. how to create ethically reliable and valid experiments). Your third examination paper will cover issues and debates (e.g. is human behaviour the product of genetic inheritance or the environment?), gender (e.g. how do we explain gender identity disorder?), eating (e.g. why do people develop eating disorders?) and aggression (e.g. why do people become aggressive?)

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language and/or English Literature and Mathematics AND GCSE Grade 5 or above in two or more Sciences in Triple Science OR GCSE Grade 5:5 or above in GCSE Combined Science.


Three 2 hour examinations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Challoner School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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