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Psychology GCE Advanced Level at The Milton Keynes Academy

Course description

The aims and objectives of the AQA GCE Advanced Psychology are to enable students to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to Psychology
  • apply psychological knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods in relation to the Psychological content
  • evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness
  • develop knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills through study of the specification content and through ethical practical research activities, involving:

               - designing research

               - conducting research

               - analysing and interpreting data.

Students are introduced to Psychology covering topics that show that we can explain human behaviour from a range of view points and with an emphasis on conducting their own research wherever possible. They extend their GCSE Mathematics by applying data handing techniques learning how to understand inferential statistics. They extend their GCSE Science in Biology, in particular in how the brain works and how it is studied.

Course content

During the 2 year course, students will study:-

Theme 1: Introductory topics in Psychology (paper 1)

  • Social Influence i.e. any change in an individual’s beliefs attitudes or behaviours that result from interaction with another individual or group
  • Memory i.e. different aspects of memory and forgetting as well as theory applied to the topic of eye witness testimony
  • Attachment: how infants and caregivers interact and the importance of this for later development

Theme 2: Psychology in context (paper 2)

  • Approaches in Psychology i.e. learning approach, cognitive approach, biological approach and the origins of psychology, [psychodynamic approach and humanistic approach]
  • Psychopathology: definitions of abnormality characteristics of different disorders and explanations and treatments of these disorders
  • Research methods: Experimental methods, observational studies, correlations a range of scientific processes and data handing and analysis (and additional A-level content]
  • Biopsychology: AS content includes the nervous system and endocrine/hormone systems, fight and flight [A ‘level content includes localisation of function in the brain and hemispheric lateralisation, studying brain function and biological rhythms]

Theme 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Eating behaviour
  • Aggression
  • Research methods

Entry requirements

5 or more A*-C grades (GCSE or BTEC equivalent) including grade 4 Maths, a minimum grade 5 in English, and a minimum of grade B in a Science based subject.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Psychology provides students with opportunities to pursue careers in these fields:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Forensic psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Sport and fitness psychology
  • Teaching
  • Media
  • Advertising
  • Research

For more information search on the British Psychological Society website.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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