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Psychology at Ashmole Academy

Course description

Unit 1:

Introductory topics in psychology;

Students will be expected to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research.

Social influence: Types of conformity: internalisation, identification and compliance. Explanations for conformity: informational social influence and normative social influence, and variables affecting conformity including group size, unanimity and task difficulty as investigated by Asch.

Memory: Scientific models of memory, their strengths and weaknesses and explanations for forgetting. How reliable is an eye-witness testimony?

Attachment: Caregiver-infant interactions in humans and Animal studies of attachment. Explanations of attachment along with Cultural variations. The influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships.

Unit 2:

Approaches in psychology Origins of psychology and the basic assumptions of the following approaches:

  • Learning approach, Cognitive approach, Biological approach and Humanistic approach.

Research methods: Students should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods, scientific processes and techniques of data handling and analysis, be familiar with their use and be aware of their strengths and limitations.

Unit 3:

Issues and options in psychology: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified Paper 3 content:

  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology.

Course content

Year 12 content covers a range of topics which are representative of Psychology as a whole. The topics covered are often relevant to news stories. A variety of teaching styles are used, including group projects, individual research, using the Internet, and designing and conducting psychological investigations.

Year 13 content is designed to let students study and investigate theoretical and applied topics in more depth, and to help them gain an overall picture of Psychology. Teaching styles will vary according to the subject material and the student’s skills. A flexible approach to Psychology is important, for example when considering problems of cultural or gender bias, and when trying to decide what exactly is “abnormal” behaviour. Research methods that are useful for investigating one kind of psychological question might not work with a different problem.


Paper 1, 2, 3: Written exam: 2 hours 96 marks in total.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 February 2018