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Psychology at The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

Course description

Psychology literally means the study of the mind, and is an academic and applied discipline which involves the scientific study of human or animal mental functions and behaviours.

The new A Level qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The subject encourages students to study and evaluate the methods and value of a variety of different aspects of psychological study. Psychology builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.

The new A level is made up of some compulsory content and some options. There are three two hour papers. Each topic is worth 24 marks.

Course content

Paper 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology (all topics are compulsory)
1 Social influence
2 Memory
3 Attachment
4 Psychopathology

Paper 2- Psychology in Context (all topics are compulsory)
5 Approaches in Psychology
6 Biopsychology
7 Research methods

Paper 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology
Issues and Debates in Psychology is the compulsory topic in this exam. Students will also sit questions on three other sections selected from the following options:
9 Relationships
10 Gender
11 Cognition and development
12 Schizophrenia
13 Eating behaviour
14 Stress
15 Aggression
16 Forensic Psychology
17 Addiction

Entry requirements

Grade B in English Language
Grade B in Biology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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