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Psychology AS/A Level at Boston High School

Course description

The aim of A Level Psychology is to develop knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other as well as a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods. Year 1 comprises of four approaches—Social Psychology covering topics such as obedience and prejudice, Cognitive Psychology  which focuses on Memory, Biological Psychology exploring Aggression, and Learning Theories which are about the effects of conditioning, reinforcement and punishment.

Year 2 Clinical Psychology ‐ is about explaining mental health issues, and the different ways of treating them,  topics include Diagnosis of mental disorders, Schizophrenia and Anorexia Nervosa. Criminological Psychology ‐ is about the definition and causes of crime and anti‐social behaviour, and the identification and treatment of offenders. Topics include factors influencing eye‐witness testimony and jury decision making. Issues & Debates ‐ is about Ethics, Practical issues in the design of research, Reductionism, Comparison between ways of explaining behaviour (e.g. two theories of prejudice), Psychology as a science, Culture and gender, Nature‐Nurture debate, Understanding how psychological understanding has developed over time, Issues of social control , The use of psychological knowledge within society and Issues related to socially sensitive research.

Entry requirements

You need  ...  

- GCSE English language/literature Grade 5 or above

- GCSE Mathematics 5 grade or above


A Level Qualification:  

Paper 1: Foundations in Psychology.  

Paper 2: Applications of psychology

Paper 3: Psychological skills.

Each paper  2 hours

Future opportunities

Where are your students now?

- University of East Anglia—Pharmacy

- Nottingham University ‐ Midwifery

- University of Hull—Psychology

- Studying Medicine

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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