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Psychology A Level at The Grove School

Course description

AS
Unit 1 PSYA1
The areas covered are as follows:
Cognitive Psychology - Memory: The course covers models of memory & memory in
everyday life
Developmental Psychology - Early Social Development: The course covers attachment &
attachment in everyday life
Research Methods-Methods & techniques, investigation design & data analysis &
presentation
Unit 2 PSYA2
The areas covered are as follows:
Biological Psychology - Stress: The course covers stress as a bodily response & stress in
everyday life
Social Psychology - Social Influence: The course covers conformity & obedience and social
influence in everyday life
Individual Differences - Psychopathology (Abnormality) - The course covers defining &
explaining psychological abnormality and also how abnormality is treated.

A2 Level
Unit 3 PSYA3 - Topics in Psychology
The areas covered are as follows:
Relationships
The course covers romantic relationships, human reproductive behaviour and the effects of
early childhood experiences & culture.
Eating Behaviour
The course covers attitudes towards food & eating behaviour, explanations for the success
& failure of dieting, biological explanations of eating behaviour & eating disorders
Gender
The course covers biological influences on gender, psychological explanations of gender
development & social context of gender role.
Unit 4 PSYA4 - Psychopathology, Psychology in action & research methods
The areas covered are as follows:
Schizophrenia
The classification & diagnosis of schizophrenia, explanations of schizophrenia & therapies
for schizophrenia
Media Psychology
Media influences on social behaviour, persuasion & attitude change & the psychology of
celebrity
Research Methods
The application of the scientific method in psychology, designing psychological investiga-
tions & data analysis & reporting on investigations.
The course will help you to develop a number of skills:
- A greater understanding of why people behave in the ways that they do
- How to plan & conduct scientific investigations
- How to analyse & interpret data
- Critical reasoning skills
How to put across your point of view fluently
Course Assessment
Course Assessment - 100% examination
Each unit carries equal weighting
All Units are examined in June.

Entry requirements

College entry requirements: 6 GCSE s at grades A*-C in six
different subjects including English and Maths
+ Grade B GCSE English

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Grove School directly.

Last updated date: 17 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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