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Psychology AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology which will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied Psychology before.

Course content

Paper 1- Social Influence, Memory and Attachment and psychopathologies

  • Social influence: We will look at explanations for obedience: agentic state and legitimacy of authority, and situational variables affecting obedience including proximity, location and uniform, as investigated by Milgram.
  • Memory: We will look at factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony: misleading information, including
  • leading questions and post-event discussion; anxiety.
  • Attachment: We will look at the influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships, including the role of an internal working model.
  • Psychopathology: we will look at the behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias: the two-process model, including classical and operant conditioning; systematic desensitisation, including relaxation and use of hierarchy; flooding

Paper 2- Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology including Biopsychology and Research Methods

  • Psychology and different approaches in Psychology (biological, cognitive, learning psychodynamic and humanistic).
  • Research Methods: We will look at types of experiments, laboratory and field experiments; natural and quasi experiments.
  • Biopsychology: We will look at research into the nervous system, endocrine system and functions of different parts of the brain.

Paper 3 - Issues and Debates (compulsory) plus optional topics including Schizophrenia and Addiction

  • For example, The nature-nurture debate: the relative importance of heredity and environment in determining behaviour; the interactionist approach.
  • For example, Biological explanations for schizophrenia: genetics, the dopamine hypothesis and neural correlates.
  • For example, Risk factors in the development of addiction, including genetic vulnerability, stress, personality, family influences and peers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Haydon School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years