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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy

Psychology

Head of Department
Ms M Bailey

Examination Board: AQA A

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Psychology is considered to be the scientific study of behaviour. The course requires candidates to use scientific terminology to try and explain aspects of human behaviour. There is an emphasis on analytical, evaluative and critical thinking skills.

AS Unit 1: Assessment for Unit 1 is one examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Social Influence – Questioning why there are individual differences in conformity and obedience and how this is demonstrated in human behaviour, supported by empirical evidence.
  • Memory – The study of human memory; memory techniques, models of memory and how memory functions in situations such as eyewitness testimony
  • Attachment – Early attachments between infants and primary caregivers and how attachment types influence adult development.

AS Unit 2: Assessment for Unit 2 is one examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Approaches to Psychology - Psychodynamic, cognitive, biological, behavioural, social learning and humanistic approaches and their explanations of human behaviour and development
  • Psychopathology - Definitions of abnormality, how it is measured and treated with a particular focus on obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and depression
  • Research Methods – How psychology experiments are designed, carried out and how the findings are analysed, presented and reviewed with reference to statistical techniques

A2 Unit 1: Assessment for Unit 1 is one examination lasting 2 hour

  • Social Influence – Questioning why there are individual differences in conformity and obedience and how this is demonstrated in human behaviour, supported by empirical evidence.
  • Memory – The study of human memory; memory techniques, models of memory and how memory functions in situations such as eyewitness testimony
  • Attachment – Early attachments between infants and primary caregivers and how attachment types influence adult development.
  • Psychopathology – Knowledge and understanding of depression and anxiety disorders including models, classification and diagnosis

A2 Unit 2: Assessment for Unit 2 is one examination lasting 2 hours

  • Approaches in Psychology- Psychodynamic, cognitive, biological, behavioural, social learning and humanistic approaches and their explanations of human behaviour and development
  • Biopsychology- Divisions of the nervous system, endocrine system, localisation of brain functioning and methods for investigating aspects of the brain such as EEG techniques
  • Research methods-Research design, data analysis and inferential statistical tests. Candidates develop an understanding of the nature of science and scientific methods

A2 Unit 3: Assessment for Unit 3 is one examination lasting 2 hours

  • Issues and debates in Psychology- Free will and determinism, the nature-nurture debate, idiographic and nomothetic approaches, reductionism, gender, culture and ethics
  • Stress - The physiology of stress, the role of the parts of the brain and the function of hormones such as cortisol. Also techniques for managing stress such as biofeedback and beta-blockers
  • Addiction – The psychology of addictive behaviour and application of knowledge in everyday life
  • Relationships – Theories of the formation, maintenance and breakdown of romantic relationships

and the influence of childhood and adolescent experiences on adult relationships

WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES AFTER A LEVEL?

Careers in law and criminal investigations, personnel management, teaching, counselling and in the NHS.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

GCSE grade A – B passes in English Language, Maths and Science.

Contact: Ms Bailey