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A Level Psychology at Ashton Sixth Form College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. In other words it is the science of people and, as people are so varied and complex, Psychology is a broad subject with links to many different subjects and all areas of life. On the A-Level course, you will get a flavour of just some of the many different areas of study in Psychology, from memory and childhood attachments, to stress and mental illness.

Course content

Unit 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology

Explanations of conformity, obedience and resisting social influence, minority influence and the role of social influence in social change. Models of memory, explanations for forgetting, factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony and the use of the cognitive interview. Caregiver-infant interactions in humans. Stages, explanations and animal studies of attachment. Types and cultural variations in attachment. Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation, Romanian orphan studies and effects of institutionalisation. The influence of attachment on later relationships. Definitions of abnormality, the biological, behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics and treatments of phobias, depression and OCD.

Unit 2: Approaches to Psychology inc. Biopsychology and Research Methods

Origins of Psychology. Learning, cognitive and biological approaches. Biopsychology including the nervous system, neurons, synaptic transmission and the endocrine system. Experimental, observational and self-report methods, correlations, content analysis and case studies. Aims, hypotheses, sampling, pilot studies, experimental design, variables and ethics. Quantitative, qualitative, primary and secondary data, including meta-analysis. Measures of central tendency and dispersion; including calculating this data. Presentation and display of quantitative data in graphs and tables. Normal and skewed distributions and their characteristics. Introduction to statistical testing; the sign test.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE grades A*-C

Grade C - GCSE English Language

Grade B in EITHER GCSE English Lang or Lit, Maths OR Science

Assessment

100% Exam

Future opportunities

Psychology students’ progress onto a wide variety of degrees and careers. Last year, students who studied Psychology had a higher rate of progression to Higher Education and positive destinations (i.e. HE, Apprenticeships and Jobs) compared to college average.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2015
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