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Psychology A Level at The College of Richard Collyer

Course description

Psychology is often thought of as the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. The AQA syllabus offers students a chance to become acquainted with the fundamental theories and scientific methods that psychologists employ to make sense of complex human behaviour. Psychology is a demanding subject which requires students to have an inquisitive, analytical mind and an interest in the biological basis of behaviour.

In the first year students discuss the structure and function of the human memory, focusing on factors that influence Eye Witness Testimony. Developmental and social psychology are explored looking at different types of attachment in childhood and the influences of social groups on our behaviour. There is a heavy scientific element in the syllabus where students will learn about biopsychology including the role of genetics, brain dysfunction and biological (and non biological) explanations for abnormal behaviours; such as anxiety disorders covered in the psychopathology topic.

In the second year students will focus on a typical behaviour which will include investigating clinical characteristics, classifications, causes and treatments for schizophrenia. Also, in forensic psychology we discuss the use of current offender profiling techniques, the role of nature vs nurture in crimininality and methods used to rehabilitate offenders. In addition, students will learn about fundamental theories of cognitive development, social cognition and the development of empathy/ theory of mind.

In both years there is a heavy emphasis on students using and understanding the key research methods used by psychologists; these include experiments, self reports, observations and correlations. Students will be expected to analyse and interpret statistical data and conduct statistical tests. 10% of the overall AS and A level assessment will contain a mathematical element.

Entry requirements

GCSE A*- C grade minimum in English, Maths and Science with a minimum average GCSE score of 5.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 November 2014

Key information

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