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Psychology A level at London Academy of Excellence

Course description

In the 2012 film Compliance, ordinary and decent workers in a fast-food diner are
persuaded by a policeman to subject a colleague – one of their friends – to increasingly cruel and degrading punishments. Is this a ludicrous film story, or a frighteningly plausible chain of events?Why is somebody in a room with amirror less likely to pick up and pocket a £20 note lying on the floor than somebody in a room without amirror?Why if four people stand on the pavement and look skywards do others join them and also look upwards, but if only one person does so then no one else joins in?

Course content

The course covers a range of theories
explaining behaviour. You examine the
individual studies that have been completed
to test whether these theories are sensible and
useful, and the degree to which they help us
understand behaviour.
One of the first topics you will study,memory,
is an example of cognitive psychology. It
includes two theories that explain how long
and short termmemory works: thesemean
that the evidence of eye witnessesmight be
flawed when used in a court room.Memory
techniques that can be applied to your
revision are also covered.
A developmental Psychology topic,
attachment, is also studied: attachment is
the process by which an infant forms a bond
with a primary caregiver. The consequences
of the success or failure of this relationship are
studied in detail. Social Psychology covers two
of themost famous research in Psychology:
Milgram’s study of obedience and Asch’s study
of conformity, and how these two factors can
influence the behaviour of individuals and,
possibly, groups.
Psychopathology looks at definitions that aim
to identify who is societymight be described
asmentally ill, the controversies surrounding
this language, and the variety of treatments
available. Biological Psychology will look at
scientificmethods for research the brain and
nervous system as well as drug treatments and
finally biological rhythms.
Throughout you will learn how to take part in
psychological debate; looking at the nature
vs nurture debate and free will vs determinism.
You will also learn the strengths and
weaknesses of different researchmethods; so
that you can assess the quality of evidence
you are given.


Entry requirements

Read some of the books on the
recommended reading list. Look at the
British Psychological Society website and find
their “Research Digest” which you can have
emailed to you once amonth: it gives a précis
of recent interesting research. Familiarise
yourself with the AQA A Psychology syllabus.



We follow the AQA (A) syllabus which is
assessed through 100% examinations. These
exams will contain amixture of short answer
and extended writing questions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact London Academy of Excellence directly.

Last updated date: 09 July 2015

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