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Psychology A level at Hedingham School and Sixth Form

Course description

This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The proposed topics enable students to consider a range of influences on behaviour and cognitive processes.

Course content

1) Social influence: Students learn to explain and evaluate explanations for conformity and obedience. Classic studies such as the Stanford Prison experiment are explored in depth enabling students to consider the influence of social roles on individual behaviour. Minority and majority influence are also studied alongside processes that may lead to social change.

2) Memory: Models of memory are studied providing a clear framework for students to explain processes involved in short term and long term memory. Students study research into eyewitness testimony as well as fascinating case studies which explore the effects of brain damage on memory and information retrieval.

3) Attachment: This unit introduces student to key explanations of human development and relationship formation. Bowlby’s theory of attachment stages is explored alongside a range of explanations for the behaviours exhibited by children and adults at different developmental stages.

4) Approaches in Psychology: Students are introduced to the key theories which underpin key debates and research in Psychology.

5) Psychopathology: Differing explanations for abormality are explored alongside the central question - what is normal?

6) Research methods: Research methods requires students to explore and critically assess the fundamental processes that underpin research studies. Psychology students will have the opportunity to conduct small scale research designs.

7) Biopsychology: This new unit introduces students to key Physiological processes influencing behaviour including the fight or flight response, the central nervous system and the structure and function of neurons.

8) Issues and debates in Psychology: Students learn to apply key issues and debates to a range of topics in Psychology. Free will and determinism, nature versus nurture and the ethics of animal research are all explored.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Maths plus three other A*-C passes

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hedingham School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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