Psychology

AQA

Psychology is recognised and accepted in all higher education establishments. The study of psychology at A Level affords students a better understanding of research skills necessary for further research of scientific subjects at university and opens up career opportunities such as teaching, police work, social work, and can be used as a base for psychiatry, sports psychology and other psychological practices.

This course has been designed to provide students with a broad introduction to the science of psychology. The emphasis throughout is based on applying knowledge and understanding, and helps to develop a student’s analysis, evaluation and critical thinking skills.

Course Content

Introductory topics in psychology including:

  • Social influence – conformity, obedience, resistance and the role of social influence in social change.
  • Memory – the multi-store model, long-term and working memory, factors affecting eyewitness testimony.
  • Attachment – types and stages of attachment, the influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships.
  • Psychopathology – definitions of abnormality, the behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics and explanations of phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Psychology in context including:

  • Approaches in psychology – learning, cognitive, biological, psychodynamic and humanistic.
  • Biopsychology – central nervous system, synaptic transmission, endocrine system, biological rhythms.
  • Research methods – scientific processes, data handling and analysis, inferential testing.

Issues and options in psychology including:

  • Gender and culture, free will and determinism, nature-nurture, holism and reductionism, idiographic and nomothetic approaches and ethical implications.
  • Relationships, gender, cognition and development, schizophrenia, eating behaviour, stress, aggression, forensic psychology and addiction.

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