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Psychology A Level at Accord Sixth Form College (@ Ossett Academy)

Course description

The course takes a linear approach and is therefore studied over two years. It consists of three papers that all contribute to our understanding of the world in which we live.

Year 1:

There are two papers covered in Year 1, paper 1 is introductory topics in psychology and aims to introduce students to the key concepts of psychology covering social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology. Students will learn concepts with psychology examining why we conform and obey, how our memory works and why people forget. There will be a focus on eyewitness testimony looking at the role of anxiety and leading questions. Students will learn how we make attachments and how these attachments can be affected. The notion of normal versus abnormality will be debated, looking at the different approaches in psychology that attempt to explain this. Alongside all of this, students will develop an awareness of research methods and how psychologists use this in a practical way.

Year 2:

There are five main topics to be covered in Year 2; issues and debates, biopsychology, relationships, eating behaviour and forensic psychology. Students will cover the debates that occur within psychology and learn how to apply these in an evaluative way. Biopsychology will require a scientific overview of the brain, looking at how neurons and neurotransmitters work, alongside the central nervous system and sleep patterns. Within the topic of relationships, students will explore why we form relationships and who with, looking at mate selection and self-disclosure. We will also examine virtual relationships and the role of social media, alongside parasocial relationships which examines our obsession with celebrities and their relationships. Within eating behaviour students will examine why we make the choices we do in terms of social and cultural factors, it will also. Finally, students will explore the notion of crime and the issues psychologists have with criminal profiling.
Students will also study custodial sentences and the psychological effects this can have on individuals Please note that this paper has optional units so the department may change these options from time to time to reflect teaching expertise

Entry requirements

Due to the new changes that have been introduced by the government, psychology papers now must assess mathematical ability and accounts for 10% of the paper, therefore a minimum of a 5 in maths is required. A 5 in science is also advised due to the scientific nature of the course.

Assessment

Psychology has been through reform, therefore students will study it over a linear 2 year period, they will then sit their exams at the end of this time. This will take the form of three two hour papers.

Future opportunities

Psychology is often a brand new subject for students with many simply believing that it teaches us how to read minds, this is however of course not the case. Psychology is for students who want to understand human behaviour and the science behind the thoughts that we have. The main aim of this course is to give students an understanding of how the human mind works using scientific principles. Psychologists look at all aspects of behaviour and thought in order to establish patterns and develop explanations.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 September 2017
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