We follow the AQA A specification.
AS Level Psychology
Throughout the year students will gain knowledge and understanding of the different components involved in the study of the human mind and behaviour.
The AS is made up of two modules:
Module 1: Cognitive Psychology: Human memory
Developmental Psychology: Child development and day care.
How science works: How psychologists carry out investigations.
Module 2: Social Psychology: Conformity and obedience
Abnormal Psychology: Psychopathology (Explaining and treating abnormal behaviour)
Biological Psychology: Stress and stress management
Students will also develop an understanding of psychological term and concepts with its significance to human development. Assessment will take place in June. Each module covers 50% of the complete AS level.
A2 Level Psychology
The second year of the course aims to provide students with the opportunities to build on the knowledge and skills they acquired at AS level by looking further in to a range of different types of Psychology.
A Level is made up of two modules:
Module 3: This unit will look at three different topics in-depth. These topics are biological rhythms and sleep, relationships, and aggression.
Module 4: Unit four looks at schizophrenia, anomalistic psychology (belief in the paranormal) and research methods.
At A level the students will be expected to show that they have extended their analytical and evaluative skills with regards to psychological theory, understand a wide range of psychological perspectives, which can be used to analyze psychological issues or debates, novel situations and psychological phenomena.