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A Level Psychology at The Boswells School

Course description

We study AQA specification A
At AS level we study 2 units. Both units comprise of a 90 minute exam.

Unit 1 is comprised of Memory, Attachment and Research methods. We explore how our memory works, including Eyewitness Testimony and how the police should interview witnesses to a crime. Attachment looks at the relationship between a caregiver and their infant and how this affects future relationships. Research methods allows students to gain knowledge about how psychologists conduct research into human behaviour.

Unit 2 is comprised of Stress, Social influence and Abnormality. We look at the stress response and how to manage stress. Social influence allows us to examine why we obey authority figures and why sometimes people do not. For abnormality we look at psychological and biological explanations of mental disorders such as depression and eating disorders.

At A2 level students study 2 units.

In Unit 3 (a 90 minute paper) we explore the topics of Aggression, Eating behaviour (including eating disorders) and Relationships. Students consider if aggression is better explained by biological or psychological factors and we examine aggression within institutions such as prisons. Eating behaviour allows us to determine why we choose the foods we do and look at the biological and psychological explanations for our food preferences. We also look at explanations for eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa. Studying relationships allows us to explore differences in relationships across cultures and the factors that may lead to a relationship forming or breaking down.

In Unit 4 (a 2 hour paper) we look at the causes of Depression and treatments for this mental disorder. We also study addiction, such as to smoking and gambling, and explore the Biological and Psychological reasons why people become addicted and how you can prevent relapse. Students also return to learn more detail about the research methods psychologists use to investigate such topics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2014

Key information

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

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