LINEAR A-LEVEL COURSE CONTENT

The topics we will cover are:

Topic 1: Social Psychology

Obedience, Prejudice, Issues & Debates

Topic 2: Cognitive Psychology

Memory, Issues & Debates

Topic 3: Biological Psychology

Aggression, Brain functioning, CNS and Neurotransmitter functioning, Issues & Debates

Topic 4: Learning Theories

Conditioning, Social learning theory, Phobias, Issues & Debates

Topic 5: Clinical Psychology

Abnormality, Schizophrenia and one from anorexia, OCD or unipolar depression DSM, Issues in diagnosis, Treatment for disorders, Issues and debates

Topic 6: Criminological Psychology

Jury decision making, Eye witness testimony, Causes and treatments of crime. Issues and debates You will also study research methods and use mathematical skills.

WHERE DO I GO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/psychology-2015.html
Faculty leader: Mr D Ratcliffe (d.ratcliffe@finhampark.co.uk)
Staff – Miss K Purewal, Miss S Booker, Mr D Ratcliffe

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?

GCSE 5 grades 9-4 plus GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 5 and GCSE Combined Science at grade 6-6. Grade 5 in GCSE Psychology (if taken).

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?

Psychology is the science of human behaviour; it encourages learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. The specification provides insight into, and experience of, how psychology works, stimulating learners ‘curiosity’ and encourages them to engage with psychology in their everyday life.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

You will develop the ability to critically analyse and evaluate research, and conduct reliable and ethical investigations.

HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE AND WHEN DO I HAVE TO TAKE THEM?

A-Level Psychology

Paper 1: Foundations of Psychology. Social, Cognitive, Biological and Learning 90 marks, 2 hour exam, 35% of qualification

Paper 2: Applications of Psychology. Clinical and either Criminological/Child/ Health 90 marks, 2 hour exam, 35% of qualification

Paper 3: Psychological Skills. Review of Methodology, Review of studies and Review of Issues and Debates. 80 marks, 2 hour exam, 30% of qualification.

IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?

No

WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

Psychology is attractive to all employment and areas of work involving human resources. Psychology instils skills in research, analysis, communication and organisation. It is relevant to those interested in Psychology at degree level, but also popular and useful for those who plan to follow other paths. Psychology can lead to careers in Crime & Forensics, Health and Clinical, Sport and Educational Psychology.