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Psychology A Level at Heanor Gate Science College

Course description

Psychology has made an immense contribution to our understanding of human behaviour and is a popular subject at both AS and A2 level.

The course provides the opportunity to study many aspects of behaviour.

Course content

AS (one year course)

Unit 1 - Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Social Influence Conformity, obedience & minority influence.
  • Memory Models of memory, explanations for forgetting & eye witness testimony.
  • Attachments Explanations for attachments, testing attachment types & maternal deprivation.

Unit 2 - Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology Psychology as a science; behavioural, cognitive & biological approaches.
  • Psychopathology Defining abnormality; phobias, depression & OCD. Behavioural, cognitive & biological approaches to treatments.
  • Research Methods Experiments, observations, self-report techniques & correlations. Hypotheses, sampling, controls & ethics. Data handling & analysis.

A level (two year course)

Unit 1 - Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachments
  • Psychopathology

Unit 2 - Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Unit 3—Issues & Options in Psychology

  • Issues & Debates Gender & culture, free will versus determinism, nature versus nurture, holistic & reductionist explanations, idiographic versus nomothetic approaches.
  • Option 1: From Relationships, Gender or Cognition & Development.
  • Options 2: From Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress.
  • Option 3: From Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including a B or above in GCSE English.


AS Level is made up of two exams, each 1 hour and 30 minutes long. 

A Level assessments include:

  • Unit 1 - 2 hour exam

Section A: Social Influence

Section B: Memory

Section C: Attachments

Section D: Psychopathology

  • Unit 2 - 2 hour exam

Section A: Approaches

Section B: Biopsychology

Section C: Research Methods

Examinations include multi-choice, short answer and extended writing skills.

  • Unit 3 - 2 hour exam

Section A: Issues & Debates

Section B: Option 1

Section C: Option 2

Section D: Option 3

Future opportunities

There are many applied areas of psychology including Sport, Education, Clinical, Occupational, Business Management, Criminology, Forensics etc. There are also many areas where psychology is of great benefit such as the Police and Armed Forces, paramedical careers, marketing, counselling teaching, etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heanor Gate Science College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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