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Psychology at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

The study of Psychology will enable students to:

  • acquire knowledge and critical understanding of psychological theories
  • understand a range of research methods used by psychologists

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour.
The A-level will lead students through the complexities of the mind, including methodology, research and its application.

This subject will also develop essay writing skills and the ability to analyse and evaluate information.

Course content

Students will study three units to achieve the A level in two years. Emphasis is placed on psychological theories and evidence and this is gained though lectures; classroom discussion; personal reading; journals; newspapers, videos and TV documentaries. 

There is an opportunity to attend national conferences.

Unit 1 - Introductory topics in Psychology

  • Social influence - Exploring conformity and obedience
  • Cognitive psychology - Memory
  • Developmental psychology - Attachments in infancy
  • Psychopathology - Abnormality and phobias

Unit 2 - Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology - Origins of psychology, approaches 
  • Biopsychology - The nervous system, endocrine system, study of the brain and biological rhythms
  • Research methods - The scientific processes of research, data  handling and analysis

Unit 3 - Issues and options in Psychology

  • Issues and debates in Psychology - Gender and culture, nature-nurture debate, free will and determinism
  • Relationships/Gender/Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia/Eating behavior/Stress
  • Aggression/Forensic Psychology/Addiction


Entry requirements

5 A*-C at GCSEAdditionally you must have achieved a grade B or above in Maths and English.


Unit 1 - Introductory topics in Psychology

  • Written examination (2 hrs), 33.3% of total A level.

Unit 2 - Psychology in Context

  • Written examination (2 hrs), 33.3% of total A level.

Unit 3 - Issues and options in Psychology

  • Written examination (2 hrs), 33.3% of total A level.

Future opportunities

Psychology is a fascinating subject, relevant to all aspects of life today. It is a highly regarded advanced level subject for entry to University and Higher Education and is useful for both science and social science courses as well as business, management and health courses including medicine.

Psychology is relevant to those wishing to pursue people-related careers e.g. education; health; police service; marketing, personnel and also in the sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016

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