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Psychology at The Joseph Rowntree School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour. Psychologists observe and record how people and other animals relate to one another and to the environment. They look for patterns that will help them understand and predict behaviour, and they use scientific methods to test their ideas.

AS Course content:

In the following units you will learn about…

Unit 1:
* Cognitive psychology - models of memory; reliability of memory of eye - witnesses; how to improve memory.
* Developmental psychology - the importance of attachments for children and the effects of day-care.
* Research methods - psychological research techniques such as experiments and case studies.

Unit 2:
* Biological psychology - understanding and managing stress.
* Social psychology - the theories of conformity, obedience, understanding defiance.
* Individual differences - understanding and treating emotional disorders e.g. depression.

A2 course content:

Unit 3:
* Topics in psychology including: understanding perception, aggression, biological rhythms and sleep with explanations underpinned by the nature V nurture debate.

Unit 4:
* Psychopathology - understanding and treating schizophrenia.
* Psychology in action - addictive behaviours such as smoking and gambling.
* Research methods - designing psychological research studies; using more advanced statistics.

Entry requirements

To be successful at A-Level, students need to achieve an average points score of 38, which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A*-C

A keen interest in human behaviour, a willingness to work hard and an ability to contribute to class discussions will enable you to gain maximum reward from and ultimately lead you to success on this course.

There will be many new terms to learn, experiments to carry out and research to undertake, so enthusiasm and determination are what you need.

Although not essential for this course a Grade B in both English and Science would be desirable. It is not necessary to have a GCSE in this subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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