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AS/A2 Psychology at St John's Catholic School & Sixth Form College - A Catholic Academy

Course description

Is this course for me?

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • Are interested in exploring human behaviour
  • Who want to take part in discussions on topics which will reflect upon their own lives
  • Who would like to pursue careers working with people

Course Overview:

This course is made up of 4 units, 2 AS levels and 2 A2 levels.

Unit 1

  • Cognitive psychology; memory and the effects of memory in everyday life
  • Developmental psychology; early social development, attachment and effects of day care
  • Research Methods: data collection and analysis

Unit 2

  • Biological psychology; stress, coping and managing stress in everyday life
  • Social psychology; conformity, obedience and independent behaviour
  • Individual differences; defining abnormality and therapies to treat abnormalities

Unit 3

  • Relationships; formation, maintenance and breakdown of relationships and the effects of early experience on adult relationships
  • Aggression; explanations of aggression both social and biological explanations
  • Eating behaviour; explanations of eating disorders and factors effecting eating behaviour

Unit 4

  • Psychopathology – the classification, diagnosis and therapies in relation to OCD
  • Psychology in action – effects of media on behaviour
  • Psychological research and scientific method – the application of scientific method to the real world


Entry requirements

There is no prescribed prior knowledge required for this qualification. However, it is recommended that students have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE English and a grade C in Maths. An important aspect of Psychology is having an enquiring mind and an interest in why people behave in the way they do.



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Catholic School & Sixth Form College - A Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2015

Key information

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