Unit 1: Introductory topics in psychology
Social Influence – Could a holocaust occur in England? Important questions are raised about ethical boundaries in terms of both human behaviour and the science of psychology itself.
Memory – How does memory work? This section examines scientific research into the intricate and fragile nature of human memory by analysis of previous experiments and case studies.
Attachment – Do we learn to be human? In this section studies and theories of early influences on the emotional and social development of children are assessed.
Psychopathology (In unit 2 at AS) - Examines the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
Unit 2: Psychology in context
Biopsychology (A Level only) – Do we control our body or does it control us? The biological roots of human behaviour are studied, including the influence of neurotransmitters and mapping the brain.
Approaches in psychology – Who is right? Examining the various disciplines within psychology such as the cognitive approach, the work of Freud and the emergence of psychology as a science.
Research Methods – Proving who is right. The increasingly scientific nature of research demands a thorough understanding of data collection techniques such as experiment, observation, correlation and survey. Inferential statistics, type
I and II errors and probabilities are studied at A2 level.
Unit 3: Issues and options in psychology
Issues and debates - Exploring common areas of contention such as ethics and determinism.
Relationships – Why are we attracted to certain people? Includes the formation and breakdown of romantic relationships, and evolutionary explanations of human reproductive behaviour.
Schizophrenia – Hearing voices, thought insertion, mind control? This topic develops knowledge and understanding of schizophrenia. Students will be required to apply models, classification and diagnosis to the disorder.
Aggression – Why be violent? Psychological and biological theories of aggression are studied, including neural mechanisms and evolutionary explanations such as infidelity and jealousy.