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Psychology AS/A2 Level at Northampton School for Boys

Course description

In the first year you will study the following topics:

Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Approaches in Psychology. Psychopathology and Research methods.

Within these we examine the nature of human memory and how early experiences affect your development as well everyday social behaviour such as obedience and conformity.

We also look at different explanations of human behaviour and specifically relate these to OCD, Depression and Phobias as well as looking at how psychologists research human behaviour.


In the second year you will study the following topics:

Bio-Psychology Research Methods. Issues and Debates in Psychology, Gender,Eating Behaviour and Aggression.

We look at the biological factors studied in psychology such as brain structure and neurotransmitters .

As well as the development of gender and gender roles, food preference and eating disorders as well as causes of aggressive behaviour. This unit also focuses on some of the big debates such as nature vs nurture.

Each topic requires in depth study of the mechanisms involved consider a variety of biological and psychological perspectives.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

Along with the School’s minimum entry requirements you will need a minimum grade C in GCSE English or in a GCSE Humanities subject.  You do not have to have studied Psychology before.  It is essential that you are able to explain psychological ideas and essay writing is key to success at A Level.


There are termly assessments and internal examinations throughout the course and in the first year the focus will be on developing knowledge and descriptive and evaluation skills. Multiple choice, as well as written answers will be practiced and we shall start to develop extended writing. The main focus of the second year is extended writing and application questions and therefore the focus of assessment will be on this.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

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