Psychology

Psychology

 

Aims

Psychology is the science of the brain, mind and behaviour; it views human behaviour as the raw data of psychology. Although we cannot observe the mind directly, everything we do, think, feel and say is determined by the functioning of the mind, so psychology uses ‘human behaviour data’ for testing theories about how the mind works. Why do some people fear snakes yet a few think they are cuddly? Psychology looks at questions like these in the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from things like artificial intelligence to social change.

Psychology combines well with many other different disciplines, including biology, medicine, linguistics, philosophy, literature, sociology, and media.

 

Key Stage 5

Year 12 Psychology (Linear A-level)

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA syllabus.

Specification number:  7182

Link to the specification website: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/psychology/specifications/AQA-7181-7182-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF

Unit 1- Introductory Topics in Psychology

Unit 2 - Psychology in Context

Unit 3 - Issues and Options in Psychology

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Component

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

1. Introductory Topics in Psychology

2 hour written examination

33.3%

2. Psychology in Context

2 hour written examination

33.3%

3. Issues and Options in Psychology

2 hour written examination

33.3%

 

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr Hamblin – Head of Psychology

 

Year 13 Psychology

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA syllabus

Specification number: 2181

Link to the specification website: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2180-W-SP-14.PDF

Unit 3 – PSYA3

Unit 4 – PSYA4

Topics in Psychology

(a) Biological rhythms and sleep

(b) Perception

(c) Relationships

(d) Aggression

(e) Eating behaviour

(f) Gender

(g) Intelligence and learning

(h) Cognition and development

 

Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

 

Psychopathology

Psychology in Action

Research Methods

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Component

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

Unit 3 – PSYA3

Topics in Psychology

 

Written Examination

1 hour 30 minutes

Three essay-style questions

25% of the total A Level marks

 

Unit 4 – PSYA4

Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

 

Written Examination

2 hours

Three sections

Psychopathology: One essay-style question

Psychology in Action: One question

Research Methods: One compulsory structured question

25% of the total A Level marks

 

 

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr Hamblin – Head of Psychology

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