Course Structure

What does the course consist of?

You will be given the opportunity to study many of the core areas of psychology, thus giving you a broad knowledge of the subject.

AS

Paper 1: 

  • Social influence – why do we obey authority? What if they told you to kill someone?
  • Memory– what are the different types, and why do we remember somethings and forget others? Also, how memories can be changed, and why we can't trust eyewitness accounts.
  • Child psychology- how we form attachments with caregivers, and what are the consequences of separation or being isolated from caregivers?

Paper 2:

  • Approaches in psychology – how do different fields explain behaviour? Is all behaviour learnt? Or can it be explained by biology?
  • Abnormality – why are some peoples behaviours different to our own? How can we explain it from different psychological perspectives? You will also learn about disorder such as phobias, depression and OCD.
  • Research Methods- Students are also taught how researchers conduct their research- the use of experiments, observations and interviews, to name a few. 

A2

Unit 3:

To enable you to understand the way in which psychological concepts, theories and principles can be applied to everyday life, we focus on:

  • Biological rhythms and sleep
  • Relationships
  • Eating Behaviours

Unit 4:

  • Schizophrenia – what causes the disorder and what treatments are available
  • The psychology of addictive behaviours – what makes people vulnerable to addictive behaviours? How can this be reduced?
  • Research This will enable you to develop your skills in designing a specific practical project that could be carried out.  You will be required to design, conduct and evaluate different research methods.

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