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AS/A2 Psychology at Bridgewater High School

Course description

What will I study?

In Psychology we study numerous topics, including:

  • How our memory works and ways to improve it
  • Stress and how to manage it
  • Abnormality and how to treat it
  • Obedience, conformity and who will resist.
  • Love and friendship
  • Child development and how to assist it
  • Aggression and how to manage it
  • Depression and how to explain it
  • Influence of the Media on behaviour e.g. stalking

In order to understand these topics we learn how to apply psychological theory, including the work of theorists such as Freud, Watson & Rayner, Skinner, Loftus and Bowlby, to numerous types of human behaviour. We also conduct small and large scale research projects using a variety of research methods, such as laboratory experiments, observations and surveys.

You also need to be aware of possible difficulties involved in carrying out Psychological research, including ethical and practical implications. An understanding of key Psychological perspectives will be an integral part of the course throughout the two years.

AS Year: Units 1 & 2

A2 Year: Units 3 & 4

Course outline:

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods (50% of AS)

Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences (50% of AS)

Unit 3: Topics in Psychology including Cognition and Development, Human Relationships and Aggression (50% of A2)

Unit 4: Psychopathology (Depression), Psychology in Action (Media Psychology) and Research methods (50% of A2)


5 GCSEs at A*- C to include English (Grade B) and Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgewater High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2015

Key information

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