PSYCHOLOGY

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YEAR 12 STUDENT

Psychology is a very unpredictable subject just as you think you understand an argument for why people do things…a new point of view is introduced, this is what draws me to the subject even more.

WHY STUDY PSYCHOLOGY?

Psychology helps us to understand human behaviour, thinking and an understanding of the brain. This subject helps students to understand yourself and other people around you. There will be an emphasis on the experimental study of the mind and we want our students to be curious, resilient and independent learners.

COURSE CONTENT

Attachment - Cognitive development (brain and understanding) of babies and children, Romanian orphan studies, cross cultural differences in attachments and parenting.

Memory - Different models of memory and forgetting and eye witness testimonies (can we use these in a court of law/should we use them?)

Psychopathology - The definition, explanations for and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and phobias.

Social Influence - Explanations for conformity, obedience and social change

Approaches - different psychological perspectives within Psychology (the different ways that we can explain human behaviour).

Research Methods - How do we as psychologists research human behaviour and carry out psychological experiments

Issues & Debates - discussions within psychology such as nature vs nurture

Biopsychology - In depth knowledge of the brain and how it functions.

  • Option 1 - Either relationships, gender or cognition and development

  • Option 2 - Either schizophrenia, eating disorder or stress

  • Option 3 - Either aggression, addiction or forensic psychology

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

  • The psychopath test - Jon Ronson

  • Elephants on acid and other bizarre experiments - Alex Bose

  • The man who mistook his wife for a hat - Oliver Sacks

  • Girl, interrupted - Susanna Kaysen

  • Shock of the fall - Nathan Filer

ASSESSMENTS

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

2hrs (33.3%)

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

2hrs (33.3%)

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology 

2hrs (33.3%)

HIGHER EDUCATION ROUTES

Psychology / Social Sciences / Sociology / Criminology / Business Psychology / Forensic Psychology / Marketing / Physiotherapy / Health Care / Medicine

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Graduate destinations include a broad range of other sectors, including: Health / Education / Marketing / Scientific and Legal Consultancy / Banking / Finance / Human Resources / Media / Public Sector

EXAM BOARD: AQA

COURSE CODE: 7182

COURSE TYPE: A Level