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Psychology at Felixstowe Academy

Course description

As and A Level courses based on this specification will encourage students to:

(a) develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject.

(b) Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

The new psychology A specification reflects many contemporary issues and provides an informed way of looking at the challenges facing us in the 21st century life. Students tackle topics such as relationships, eating behaviours and aggression. At A2 the specification offers a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different psychological approaches and engage students in issues and debates in psychology.

Course content

The AS spcification has 2 units:

Unit 1: Cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and research methods

  • Cognitive psychology including memory and eyewitness testimony
  • Developmental psychology including early social development, attachment and the effects of day care
  • Research methods in the context of topic areas

Unit 2: Biological psychology, social psychology and individual differences

  • Biological psychology including stress, factors affecting stress, coping with stress and managing stress
  • Social psychology including majority and minority influence, obedience and independent behaviour
  • Individual differences including definitions of abnormality, approaches and therapies

A2 Specification has two units:

Unit 3: Topics in psychology

  • Biological rythms and sleep
  • Perception
  • Relationships
  • Aggression
  • Eating behaviour
  • Gender
  • Intelligence and learning
  • Cognition and development

Unit 4: Psycopathology, psychology in action and research methods

  • Psychopathology: Schizophrenia
  • Psychology in action: The psychology of addictive behaviour
  • Psychological research and scientific method

Entry requirements

We expect students to have gained at least a C at GCSE in 5 subjects including Maths and English.


We use a variety of methods including formal teaching, discussion groups, video material, power point presentations, psychology practicals and response to stimulus materials. A great emphasis is placed upon students becoming independent learners so they are encouraged to research and present their own topics using a variety of media. Students are expected to research using books and the internet. We will recommend a text book but do not expect the students to use this exclusively.

AS Units 1 & 2 - written paper: 1 hour and 30minutes each, 50% of total AS, 25% of total A2 level marks.

A2 Unit 3 - written paper: 1 hour 30minutes, 25% of total A2 marks.

A2 Unit 4 - Written paper: 2 hours, 25% of total A2 marks

Future opportunities

Psychology is an accepted academic subject for university entry requirements on a variety of degree courses. It has special relevance for proposed careers in social services, business advertising and marketing, education and clinical or therapeutic practice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Felixstowe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September