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Psychology A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Course description

Psychology Year 1

The Psychology A level is an exciting new course for 6th form students. During the first year, students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of Psychology. The topics covered are:

- social influence (including conformity, obedience and minority influence),
- memory (including the accuracy of eye-witness testimony),
- attachment (including caregiver-interaction, Bowlby’s theories and the influence of attachment on relationships),
- psychological approaches (including learning, cognitive, biological, humanistic and the psychodynamic approach),
- psychopathology (defining abnormality, phobias, depression and OCD) and
- research methods.

Psychology Year 2

The second year of the A level course further develops the students understanding of the core areas of Psychology and covers content in greater depth.

Additional content covered in the A Level course are likely to include:

- biopsychology (nervous system, endocrine system and ways of studying the brain),
- relationships (including evolutionary explanations, attraction and virtual relationships),
- eating behaviour (including obesity and anorexia),
- addiction (describing addiction, risk factors, explanations of smoking and gambling, reducing addiction and behavioural change) and
- issues and debates in Psychology (bias, free will vs determinism, nature-nurture, reductionism and ethics).

At the end of year two there are three exams written in June.

Paper 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology (2 hours, 1/3 of A level)

Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods (2 hours, 1/3 of A level)

Paper 3: Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Eating Behaviour and Addiction (2 hours, 1/3 of A level)

Entry requirements

Minimum of grade 6 in GCSE English Language or Literature and a grade 6 in a GCSE Mathematics or B in a GCSE Science.


The majority of work is based in the classroom where students are expected to participate in the classroom activities. Homework is regularly set in order to reinforce content and to develop skills necessary to succeed in Psychology

Future opportunities

A number of students have gone on to study Psychology at degree level. The Psychology A Level is a strong academic subject which is excellent preparation for work and further study at degree level, regardless of the course chosen.

Further information

Sociology, Philosophy & Ethics, Mathematics, Biology, English and Physical Education would all be directly compatible with the course. High achievers’ attributes would include a mature insight, confidence, empathy and thoughtfulness, as well as a strong intellectual ability.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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