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Psychology at Plume College

Course description

The AS level comprises two units of study.

Unit 1 includes Cognitive & Developmental Psychology in addition to Research Methodology. You will study theories of memory and look at the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Furthermore, you will study the formation of attachments in infancy and investigate the effect of day care on children’s development. Research methodology will give you the skills to critically evaluate psychological studies.

Unit 2 covers three topic of study: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences. You will firstly investigate how stress affects us and then look at the psychology behind group processes and obedience. The final part will investigate explanations and treatment of mental health issues.

Each unit will be assessed by a 1 hr 30 min exam. Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one or more 12-mark question requiring extended writing in which "Quality of Written Communication" (QWC) will be assessed.

The A2 level also consists of two units of study.

Unit 3 will let you extend your understanding of psychology by investigating three specific topics: psychological explanations of human aggression, theories of eating behaviour such as anorexia nervosa, and finally biological rhythms and sleep

Unit 4 covers psychopathology by investigating explanations and treatment of schizophrenia. Then you will explore the psychology of addictive behaviour and finally you will extend your understanding of psychological research and scientific methods.

The A2 units are each assessed by exams lasting 1 hr 30 min and 2 hr respectively. They will assess your skills and knowledge in psychology with extended essay questions on each topic studied.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in English and GCSE grade C in Science

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years