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Psychology A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific approach to understanding human behaviour. A level psychology will allow you to think about human behaviour from a number of viewpoints and to use research evidence to create a critical argument. From studying this course you will gain an insight into the causes of a wide variety of human behaviours, their impact on daily lives and the science that has evolved around them. This subject will suit those taking the natural sciences such as biology and mathematics at A level.

Course content

In the first year you will study social psychology (Conformity, obedience, resistance to social influence, minority influence and social change); memory (models and components of memory, explanations of forgetting, factors affecting the accuracy of eye witness testimony and improving accuracy of eyewitness testimony), attachment (Stages of attachment, animal studies of attachment, explanations of attachment, cultural variations in attachment, Romanian orphan studies and influence of early attachment on later relationships); approaches in psychology, including biopsychology; psychopathology (Defining abnormality, phobias, depression and OCD – including explanations and treatments for these disorders) and research methods (this includes mathematical skills with 10% of your marks being allocated to quantitative research methods in the exam ).

In the second year you will study topics in Psychology (Forensic Psychology, stress and gender) and research methods (added mathematic content such as statistical analysis).

The course will include lectures, conferences and revision days.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Science, Maths and English Language.


Awarding Body - AQA

Future opportunities

A level psychology is a helpful introduction for those considering a career in this field. In addition to progressing to a pure psychology degree, this course is a well-respected starting place for a career as a psychologist, counsellor or criminologist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodhouse College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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