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Psychology A Level at The Whitehaven Academy

Course description

At AS level, you will learn about social, cognitive and developmental psychology as well as approaches in psychology, psychopathology and research methods. I

n the second year of the course, you will build on the knowledge gained at AS level to look at the following topics:

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology – gender and culture, nature versus nurture, ethical implications
  • Relationships – sexual selection, attraction, romantic relationships, virtual relationships
  • Gender – sex and gender, gender development, atypical gender development
  • Cognition and Development – theories of cognitive development, theories of social development
  • Schizophrenia – classifications of schizophrenia, explanations for schizophrenia, treatment and therapy for schizophrenia
  • Eating Behaviour – explanations for food preferences, explanations for anorexia nervosa, explanations for obesity
  • Stress – sources of stress, managing stress, coping with stress
  • Aggression – explanations of aggression, institutional aggression, media influences on aggression
  • Forensic Psychology – defining crime, offender profiling, explanations of offending behaviours
  • Addiction – describing addiction, risks in addiction, gambling, reducing addiction

Entry requirements

You should have a grade B or above in English Language and a grade C or above in Maths.


AS – 2 written examination papers

A2 – 2 written examination papers

Future opportunities

Psychology is a popular A Level to take; it is recognised as one of the most academically stimulating A Levels and therefore is looked upon favourably by universities. It has several potential pathways including: psychology, medicine, education, law, health and social services.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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