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Psychology A Level (AQA) at The Sixth Form at Cornwallis Academy

Course description

Simply put, psychology is the scientific study of people, behaviour and the mind. It has recently been reclassified as a science subject, and this is reflected in the A level curriculum. Psychologists observe human behaviour, create theories to explain the behaviour, and then carry out research to test these theories. Psychology is a challenging subject, requiring commitment and hard work. Ultimately though, the hard work is rewarded with a deeper understanding of people and society.

Course content

YEAR ONE Social influence—conformity and obedience Memory—memory and eyewitness testimony Attachment—caregiver interaction and maternal deprivation Psychopathology—depression, OCD and phobias Biopsychology—hormones, brain structure / chemistry Approaches in psychology—ways of explaining behaviour Psychology in context—applying to real-life behaviours

YEAR TWO Issues and debates—gender / culture / free will / science Gender—biological / cognitive / social explanations Schizophrenia—explanations and treatments

Forensic psychology—explanations and treatments for crime

Entry requirements

Minimum grade 5 in GCSE English, Maths and Science

Assessment

ASSESSMENTS 3 x 96 marks, 2 hour exams at the end of yr 2

PAPER ONE—INTRODUCTORY TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

PAPER TWO—PSYCHOLOGY IN CONTEXT

THREE—OPTIONS & ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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