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Psychology A Level at Whitley Academy

Course description

‘A’ Level Psychology offers the opportunity to study human behaviour and the human mind in a scientific fashion. Students will learn some of the common theories of Psychology and will analyse these through practical experiments and data collection.

Course content

AS Psychology has two units. The first is divided into three
Units 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and
Research Methods
  • Cognitive psychology, including memory and eyewitness testimony
  • Developmental psychology, including early social development, attachment and the effects of day care
  • Research methods, in the context of the topic areas

The second unit is divided into two topics:

Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Difference

  • Biological psychology, including stress as a bodily response and stress in everyday life
  • Social Psychology including majority and minority influence, obedience and independent behaviour
  • Individual differences, including definitions of abnormality approaches and therapies.

A2 Psychology in Year 13 has two units each covering three different topics.

Unit 3 Topics in Psychology
Topic List

  • Biological rhythms and sleep
  • Perception
  • Aggression

Unit 4 Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and research Methods

Topic List

  • The characteristics, explanations and therapies for a chosen disorder (phobias),
  • Media Psychology,
  • Methods in Psychology and application, design of investigations and data analysis.

Entry requirements

Five A*-C at GCSE or equivalent. Specific requirements are a Grade B in English and in Maths. It is a scientific study of behaviour and looks at many biological based explanations and so a minimum of a ‘B’ is required in Additional Science.

If you wish to study Psychology to A2 level a minimum of a ‘D’ is required at AS.

Future opportunities

‘A’ Level Psychology is well suited to those students who have an interest in pursuing the subject as a career, such as an Educational Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist. It complements subjects such as Health and Social Care, Biology or Forensic Science. Its is a rigorous subject that will prepare all students for either Psychology courses at university or employment because it leads to a better understanding of human nature and the research methods require students to be analytical.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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