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AS/A2 Level Psychology at Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form

Course description

Examination Board: AQA

Look at the people around you; you will see differences in their behaviour, in their opinions, in their intelligence and in their personality. Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour and can explain everything we do. Psychology aims to make the world better by helping people be the best that they can be.

Aims of the course

The aim of A Level Psychology is to introduce students to key studies, theories, issues and debates in Psychology, as well as raising awareness of how Psychology applies to everyday life. Students will also learn about the varied ways in which psychologists collect their data through carrying out a range of investigations, practical activities and research projects.

Programme of Study

AS OUTLINE

There are two externally assessed units:

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

Students will study research into models of memory and strategies for memory improvement, as well as discussing the credibility of eye witness testimony. They will look at how and why babies attach to their caregivers and what happens if attachments are not formed. They will also look at research methods, and carry out their own practical investigation to enhance this knowledge.

Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual differences

Introduces students to how the individual responds to stress, pressure to conform and obey, and how mental health issues affect people in varied ways. Students will also study ways to treat mental disorder, including biological, cognitive, psychodynamic and behavioural methods

 

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A2 OUTLINE

There are also two externally assessed units:

Unit 3: Topics in Psychology

Students develop knowledge and skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to theories about topics such as human relationships, aggression and eating behaviour. Students will develop an understanding of the major approaches, issues and debates in Psychology and apply these to the topics selected.

Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

Gives the students an understanding of one mental disorder in detail, including classification difficulties and psychological and biological treatments. In Psychology in Action, students look at an area where Psychology can be applied to real life, for example addictive behaviour. Students will also look at research methods and they will carry out a small-scale investigation in order to embed this knowledge.

Who is the course aimed at?

The A Level course is appropriate for students who wish to follow an academic path in Psychology as well as equipping students with the knowledge and skills essential to both art and science disciplines. Psychologists are known for their analytical and critical skills, as well as being well-regarded for their ability to communicate their ideas effectively. This means that psychologists are found within many different organisations within business, law, health care, education and sport.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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