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Psychology A level at St Mary's Menston, a Catholic voluntary academy

Course description

The AQA ‘A’ AS and A Level Psychology course is suited to students who have a dynamic and enquiring mind and an ability to communicate ideas effectively. Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour; how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. Psychology is concerned with the feelings and motivations that influence the way we behave, this subject will offer you the tools to be able to delve deeper into behaviour and allows a clearer understanding of why people, often ‘ordinary’ people, commit incomprehensible crimes.

Psychology is a subject that lends itself to being taught in an innovative and dynamic way, therefore you need to be open minded and prepared to be involved in many different actives in order to be successful in this subject.

Course content

AS considers Human Memory how it works and the things that have an impact on it, for example imagine being an eyewitness to a crime, would you be able to provide an efit of the criminal to the police? What things influence your memory? Students also consider research into the effects of a lack of childhood attachment, we look into case studies of children who have been maltreated and the impact it has on them both psychologically and physically. We would also consider what constitutes and defines abnormality and the causes of mental illnesses. Finally we discuss are some people born to be ‘evil’, we try and understand how situations authority figures and the people with us could influence the choices we make.

A Level: A Level: This builds on knowledge, concepts and theories developed in AS. We will explore how and why relationships form and fail considering the role of attraction, rewards and evolution. Later within the course we will look at the clinical definition of schizophrenia and the causes and treatments surrounding this. Finally we consider the role of forensic psychology, we learn the definition of crime and the statistics that aid this. We also discover and learn about techniques developed to profile criminals and the punishments given to offenders alongside the suitability of these.

Entry requirements

Grade C in Maths, English & Science. Please note there is no coursework for this A Level, it is assessed purely on external exams at the end of the year.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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