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PSYCHOLOGY AS & A2 LEVEL at Astley Community High School

Course description

Psychology is the study of people: how they act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying this behaviour.

In a sense you are already a psychologist. We all are. We are all interested in what makes us and other people tick and how this understanding can help us to solve major problems in society e.g. relating to divorce, crime or addiction. But this course of study will help you to go from being an “amateur psychologist” to someone who understands the science behind behaviour. It could even lead eventually to a career as a professional psychologist if that is what interests you.

Professional psychologists use their science to help to answer the following problems:

How can we ease the effects of parental divorce on children?

How should drug awareness campaigns frame their message?

How can we minimise the negative impact of shift work or jet lag?

How can courts ensure that eye witness testimony is reliable?

What causes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how can we help people to overcome it?

In an emergency situation what could we do to make sure strangers came to help us?

Why are we attracted to some people and not to others?

How has texting changed relationships?

How can footballers keep their anger in check on the pitch?


Unit 1

Cognitive Psychology Memory




Early Social


Research Methods Research Methods

Unit 2

Biological Psychology Stress

Social Psychology Social Influence

Individual Differences Psychopathology


Unit 3

Topics in Psychology

A choice of at least 3 topics

- Biological rhythms and sleep

- Perception

- Relationships

- Aggression

- Eating Behaviour

- Gender

- Intelligence & Learning

- Cognition & Development

Unit 4

Choice available

Psychopathology Schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders

Psychology in Action Psychology of Addictive Behaviour

Media Psychology

Anomalistic Psychology

Psychological Research & Scientific Method

Research Methods

Entry requirements


  • If you are studying Core/Additional Science at GCSE, you would be expected to achieve at least a B grade in each.



  • If you are studying 3 separate Sciences at GCSE, you must achieve a B grade in Biology and at least a C grade in the other 2 Sciences.


Students wishing to study this subject should enjoy handling data and preferably have a ‘C’ grade in Mathematics at GCSE. Students will also need to be able to describe the aims, procedures, findings, conclusions and criticisms of several psychological research studies. Methods include discussion, note taking, presentation making and the design and implementation of class based experiments.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years