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Psychology AS/ A Level at Dixons City Academy

Course description

The course covers a broad range of areas, including: cognitive, developmental & social psychology; research methods; psychopathology and key psychological topics such as relationships, gender, perception and aggression.

Course content

The course has two units, each with three sub-sections:

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods:

Cognitive Psychology-Memory: Models of memory; memory in everyday life including eye-witness testimony; misleading information and the cognitive interview; strategies for improving memory.

Developmental Psychology- Early Social Development: attachment in infancy, cultural variations, disruption of attachment, attachments in everyday life, how different forms of daycare may affect childrens social development.

Research Methods- Methods & Techniques Of Study In Psychology : experimental and non-experimental, investigation detail, data analysis and presentation.

Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Difference:

Psychology- Stress: Stress as a bodily response; stress-related illness; stress in everyday life; sources of stress and stress management.

Social Psychology- Social Influence: Conformity and obedience; social influence in everyday life; resisting pressure to conform and obey; implications of social influence research.

Individual Differences- Psychopathology (Abnormal): defining abnormal behaviour; explanations for abnormal behaviour; treating abnormality (biological and psychological therapies).

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and Science and at least a Grade B in English.


Each unit has a 1 hour 30 minutes examination with questions on each sub-section.

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Future opportunities

Psychology provides opportunities for those looking to progress to degree level in a number of fields. As Psychology is a social science it has uses across many fields and is widely used in the workplace. It allows a development of core skills; building arguments, reading, and understanding the work of others. All these skills are applicable in employment and at University. Psychology is a particularly useful subject for those wishing to go into clinical work like health and social care services, medicine, research, teaching, and human resources. It is essential for Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology and counselling-related fields. Other specialist fields include Sports and Criminal Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dixons City Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years