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PsychologyAS LevelA2 Level

Psychology focuses on why individuals behave in the way that they do. They explain human behaviour using scientific methods. Understanding and carrying out psychological research is an important part of the AS and A2 specifications. The style of learning is student-focused with plenty of discussion and debate. Psychology is a very exciting field of study, one that attempts to discover how the mind works. It may cause more questions than it can provide answers for, but developments in technology (e.g brain scans) enable rapid contempory developments in explaining behaviour.

Psychology provides a fascinating range of explanations on how people process information and why they act a certain way under given circumstances. Psychology propels us towards greater self-knowledge by making us more aware of our personalities and actions.

  • I like Psychology because we get to discuss issues that are in the news and how it relates to theories
  • I like Psychology because it combines learning essay writing skills with writing reports and conducting experiments
  • Psychology helps me to understand the world around me, such as why people do the things they do, and how our body works

Course Content

Unit 1 Introductory Topics in Psychology

Social Influence (conformity and obedience)

Memory (structure of memory, forgetting, eye-witness testimony)

Attachment (types, animal & human, deprivation, influence on adult relationships)

Unit 2 Psychology in Context

Approaches in Psychology (behaviourism, social learning theory, cognitive, biological)

Psychopathology (abnormality: phobias, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders)

Research Methods (scientific process, data handling, analysis)


Key Facts

  • Course Level AS and A Level
  • Assessment Breakdown Examination 100%
  • Assessor AQA
  • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9. 5+ English Language at GCSE, 5+ in Maths at GCSE. Recomended for A2.
  • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE including forums and online assessment
  • Useful Links British Psychological Society AQA exam board specification

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