Psychology

Head of Psychology: Mrs H Strivens, BSc Hertfordshire

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Psychology Teacher: Mrs C Gilding-Brant, BA Brighton

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A Level

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, and attempts to answer some of the questions that have plagued humans as long as we can remember.
What causes mental disorders? What makes good, healthy relationships and why are some relationships unhealthy? Psychology is of interest to everyone, but especially those wishing to pursue careers in psychology, business, health care and social work.

Course Content
AS & A2
• Memory – improving memory and eyewitness testimony.
• Early development including attachment and the effects of institutional care
• Social psychology including theories of conformity, obedience and social change
• Approaches, including learning approaches, the cognitive approach and the biological approach.
• Biopsychology including the nervous system, the endocrine system and the stress response
• Psychopathology including phobias, depression and OCD
• Research methods used by psychologists.

A2 Additional Topics
• Approaches, including the psychodynamic and humanistic approaches
• Biopsychology including the localisation of function in the brain, biorhythms and ways of studying the brain
• Forensic psychology
• Relationships including the formation, maintenance and breakdown of relationships
• The causes and treatments of schizophrenia
• Research methods including practical applications and the scientific process.

Assessment

AS
Two examinations each worth 50% consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. This is a one-year course and is examined
at the end of the year.

A2
Three examinations each worth 33.3% of the A Level consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. This is a two-year course and is examined at the end of the second year.