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Psychology A Level at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School

Course description

Psychology is the study of individuals and the factors that affect their choices and behaviour. There are a number of key approaches to explain behaviour such as the psychodynamic approach and the cognitive approach. We also study how to modify unwanted behaviours using techniques such as psychotherapy and drugs.

Course content

During the first year of the course, students will study:

• Memory - how memory works and the reliability of eyewitness testimony.

• Social influence – understanding why we conform and obey in certain social situations

• Attachment – how our early infant attachments to our parents affect our adult relationships

• Psychopathology – understanding disorders such as phobias, OCD and depression

• Research methods – understanding how to conduct scientific research

• Approaches – understanding how different approaches to psychology can explain human behaviour.

In your second year of study you will study:

• Memory - how memory works and the reliability of eyewitness testimony.

• Social influence – understanding why we conform and obey in certain social situations

• Attachment – how our early infant attachments to our parents affect our adult relationships

• Psychopathology – understanding disorders such as phobias, OCD and depression

• Research methods – understanding how to conduct scientific research

• Approaches – understanding how different approaches to psychology can explain human behaviour.

• Biopsychology.

• Issues and debates in psychology.

• (provisional) Relationships.

• (provisional) Stress

• (provisional) Addiction

Assessment

AS Level - 2 exams June Y12.

Paper 1 Introductory topics in psychology (social influence, memory, attachment).

Paper 2 Psychology in Context (Approaches, psychopathology, research methods) Multiple choice, short answer and 24m extended answer. (Both papers worth 50% of AS level- this is a stand-alone qualification)

A Level - 3 exams June Y13.

Paper 1 Introductory topics in psychology (social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology).

Paper 2 Psychology in context (Approaches, biopsychology, psychopathology, research methods, issues and debates in psychology).

Paper 3 Issues and options in psychology (e.g. relationships, stress and aggression). (24 mark and essays at A2)

Multiple choice, short answer and 24m extended answer There is no coursework. (All 3 papers worth 33.3. of final A level)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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