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Psychology at Yavneh College

Course description

Exam Body: AQA

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour, bridging the social sciences and natural sciences. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of psychological research; the ability to apply this knowledge to real life situations; critically analyse and evaluate the value of psychological research and its credibility as an explanation of human behaviour.

Course content

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

Human memory explores the structure of human memory, the reasons why people forget, and the use and reliability of eyewitness testimonies.

Early social development explores early childhood attachments, the effect these attachments have on adult behaviour and the impact of day care on a child‘s development.

Research methods will investigate the way studies into behaviour are designed and analysed.

Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

Stress explores causes of stress and the relationship between stress and physical illness, in addition to the psychological & physiological methods that people use to manage stress.

Social influence explores why people are influenced by majority groups, the factors that lead to blind obedience to authority and the reasons why people are able to remain independent.

Abnormality explores definitions of abnormality as well as biological and psychological explanations of the cause of psychological disorders. Students also research a range of therapies that are used to treat people with psychological disorders.

Unit 3: Topics in Psychology

Relationships explores why people are attracted and fall in love, in addition to reasons why relationships are formed, how they are maintained and why they breakdown.

Aggression explores the social and biological causes of human aggression, in addition to explanations of lynch mob behaviour and football hooliganism.

Eating behaviours explores factors which affect attitudes to food and eating behaviours, in addition to the biological and psychological causes of eating disorders.

Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

Psychopathology explores the clinical characteristics, biological and psychological causes of phobic disorders, in addition to the various therapies that are available to help treat people.

The Psychology of addictive behaviour explores reasons for addictive behaviours such as smoking and gambling, in addition to investigating biological and psychological types of intervention which help addicts step out of the cycle of addictive behaviour.

Psychological research and scientific method builds on the research methods unit students were introduced to during the AS course.

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least Grade B in GCSE English Language or English Literature and Grade B in GCSE Biology or Grades BB in GCSE Dual Award Science (Additional Applied Science not accepted)


In year 12, students study units 1 and 2 which are each examined by a mixture of short answer questions and a structured essay. In year 13, units 3 and 4 are studied; unit 3 is examined by essays and unit 4 by structured essays:

Future opportunities

A Level psychology enables students to develop the analytical skills needed to excel in higher education. The study of psychology also provides an excellent foundation for most career options, particularly those involving dealing with people, such as teaching, the police force, law, medicine, journalism, advertising, public relations and social work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Yavneh College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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