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.
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
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
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
HIGHER EDUCATION ROUTES
Psychology / Social Sciences / Sociology / Criminology / Business Psychology / Forensic Psychology / Marketing / Physiotherapy / Health Care / Medicine
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