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Psychology AS/A2 Level at King Edward VI Grammar School

Course description

Course Specification:

AS Level - AQA

A2 Level - AQA

What is the course about?

The aim of the subject is to develop students’ basic understanding of the breadth of different approaches in Psychology. Through the study of psychological theories, concepts and research, students will develop an understanding of the principles and perspectives governing the subject. Students will also develop the ability to identify ethical issues, apply Psychology to current cultural, social and contemporary issues and use a range of research methods to investigate psychological issues.

Course content

Paper 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment & Psychopathology
Social Influence: Conformity, Obedience and Social Change;
Memory: How to improve memory, eyewitness testimony and police interviews;
Attachment: Childhood impact on adult personality and mental health, effects of neglect and day care;
Psychopathology: How schizophrenia, phobias and OCD can be identified and treated;
Research methods: How to design and execute experiments in Psychology.
Paper 2: Approaches, Biopsychology & Research Methods
Approaches: Nature Vs Nurture; are we born this way or made this way by our environment?
Biopsychology: The interaction of biology and psychology and its effects on behaviour
Research Methods: Be able to design and conduct your own experiments.
Paper 3: Issues & Options in Psychology
Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction OR Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour and Stress.

Entry requirements

Where can it lead?

This is an acceptable qualification for a wide range of courses at University.


How is the course assessed?
Paper 1: 2 hours written paper
Paper 2: 2 hours written paper
Paper 3: 2 hour written paper
Papers 1, 2 & 3 will be assessed through a mixture multiple choice, short answer & extended writing type questions. There will be 3 exams at the end of 2 years.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years