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A Level Psychology at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

You will study the four major models used in Psychology, each of which takes a different perspective on where behaviour comes from. You will then use these to explain normal and abnormal behaviour. You will learn about human stress, conformity, how the memory works, how children develop their social skills and intelligence, biological rhythms, pro and anti-social behaviour. You will also consider how psychologists gather and interpret data.

Course content

Unit 1
Models explaining memory.  Accuracy of Eyewitness Testimony.  How children form attachments.  The effects of separation.  Day-care and social development.  The research methods used in Psychological investigations.  Data analysis and presentation.

Unit 2
How stress affects us physically and psychologically.  What creates stress and how we manage it?  Majority and Minority influence.  Obedience to authority.  Why people resist authority.  Defining Abnormality.  Biological and psychological approaches to psychopathology.

Unit 3
The formation, maintenance and breakdown of romantic relationships. Evolutionary explanations for reproductive behaviour. The effects of culture on adult relationships. Theories explaining aggression.  Eating behaviour and factors influencing our attitudes to it.  Eating disorders.

Unit 4
Clinical characteristics of depression and explanations for its development.  Therapies used to treat depression.  Media Psychology.  Effects of TV on pro and anti-social behaviour.  The attraction of “celebrity”.  The application of scientific method in psycholog

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 A*-C GCSEs, and preferably a good grade in English.


AS/A2 Level   AQA Board Specification A

Assessment is through a combination of practical assessments and examinations.

A one-year course will lead to an AS qualification; a two-year one to an A2 qualification.

Future opportunities

Psychology is useful for any career that involves working with other people, including Teaching, Nursing, Management and Advertising. It is a very popular subject at degree level and can be combined with both Art and Science subjects at this level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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