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Psychology A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychology is an academic ‘A’ Level which develops literacy and numeracy
skills, as well as your ability to analyse and evaluate psychological research.
 
In Year 12 you will learn about the origins of the subject, as well as the differing approaches to explaining behaviour and the various research methods used by psychologists. Psychological research into the topics of Memory, Social Influence, Attachment and Psychopathology will be explored, all with diverse applications to the ‘real world’. In ‘Memory’ you will consider how we remember and why we forget, using studies of individuals with brain damage to illustrate the brain areas involved. In ‘Social Influence’ you will explore the reasons why people obey and conform, and consider the factors involved in social change. In ‘Attachment’ you will learn about different attachment types and be able to explain why attachments develop, with data gained from animal studies. In ‘Psychopathology’ you will learn about the diagnosis, characteristics and treatments for Depression, Phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
 
In Year 13 you will further deepen your understanding in applied topics such as Forensic psychology, Relationships and Schizophrenia. Finally you will learn about the issues and debates within Psychology, such as gender bias, cultural bias and the nature-nurture debate in relation to a range of topics.

Course content

Introductory Topics to Psychology:
Social Influence
Memory
Attachment
Psychopathology
 
Paper 1: 2 hour exam at the end of
Year 13
Multiple choice, short answer and
extended response (up to 16 marks)
 
Psychology in Context:
Approaches to Psychology
Biopsychology
Research Methods
Paper 2: 2 hour exam at the end of
Year 13
Multiple choice, short answer and
extended response (up to 16 marks)
 
Issues and Debates and Options:
Issues and debates in Psychology
Applied option topics such as
Schizophrenia, Forensic psychology and Relationships
Paper 3: 2 hour exam at the end of
Year 13
Multiple choice, short answer and
extended response (up to 16 marks

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Additional Science, Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

Further information

Lessons will involve learning about studies and theories which you will describe, evaluate and apply to real world contexts.

Activities will include practical replication of experiments, research, independent note making, class debates, quizzes and group discussion. Sound note making and regular revision are essential for success in Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burford School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017