Psychology A Level at Ralph Allen School
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology. One 2 hour exam
in June (includes at least one essay).
• Types of conformity and explanations for conformity.
• Explanations for obedience.
• Explanations of resistance to social influence.
• Minority influence. Role of social influence in social change.
• Models of memory. | Types of long-term memory.
• Explanations for forgetting.
• Factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.
• Improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony,
• Caregiver-infant interactions in humans:
• Stages of attachment and multiple attachments.
• Animal studies of attachment.
• Explanations of attachment | Types of attachment.
• Cultural variations in attachment.
• Effects of institutionalisation.
• Influence of early attachment on childhood/adult relationships.
• Definitions of abnormality.
• Characteristics of phobias, depression and OCD.
• Explanations & treatments of phobias, OCD and depression.
Paper 2: Psychology in Context. One 2 hour exam in June
(includes as least one essay).
Approaches in psychology
• Origins of psychology | Comparison of approaches
• Learning - different approaches.
• The nervous system.
• Localisation of function in the brain & hemispheric lateralisation.
• Split brain research.
• Plasticity and functional recovery of the brain after trauma.
• Ways of studying the brain.
• Biological rhythms.
Methods, experimental designs. | Data analysis and presentation. | Inferential testing.
Paper 3: Issues & Options in Psychology. One 2 hour exam in
June (includes at least one essay).
Issues and debates in psychology
• Gender and culture in psychology.
• Free will and determinism.
• The nature-nurture debate.
• Holism and reductionism.
• Idiographic & nomothetic approaches to investigation.
• Ethical implications of research studies and theory, including reference to social sensitivity.
• Sex and gender.
• Atypical sex chromosome patterns.
• Psychological explanations of gender development.
• Atypical gender development.
• Explanations for food preferences.
• Neural and hormonal mechanisms involved in the control of eating behaviour
• Biological & Psychological explanations for anorexia nervosa.
• Biological explanations for obesity, including genetic and neural explanations.
• Psychological explanations for obesity
• Neural and hormonal mechanisms in aggression.
• The ethological explanation of aggression.
• Evolutionary explanations of human aggression.
• Social psychological explanations of human aggression.
• Institutional aggression in the context of prisons.
• Media influences including the effects of computer games.
4 GCSE’s Grade 9-6 (or equivalent) including grade 5 or above in Science, Maths and English.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ralph Allen School directly.
Last updated date: 30 January 2018