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Psychology at Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Course description

The department teaches the AQA A specification. The structure of the course aims to provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology. The emphasis in psychology is on applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge, which will thereby develop students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

The A2 component of the course is much more geared towards students being able to construct and evaluate arguments than the AS component and also emphasises psychology as a science. AS Level unit’s year 12

Unit 1: (PSYA1) Cognitive Psychology (human memory), Developmental Psychology (attachment) and Research Methods.

Unit 2: (PSYA2) Biological Psychology (stress), Social Psychology (social influence) and Individual Differences (abnormality).

A2 Level units year 13

Unit 3: (PSYA3) students choose 3 topics to study from a list of 8, which include: Biological rhythms and sleep, perception, relationships, aggression, eating behaviour, gender, intelligence and learning, cognition and development.

Unit 4: (PSYA4) students study the areas of psychopathology (students can choose to study one area from: schizophrenia, depression or anxiety disorders).

Entry requirements

GCSE Science grade C or above. A minimum of grade C in Maths and English is also preferred as students with a grade below this may find the course difficult.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years