Psychology

A LEVEL AQA BOARD Spec 

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology which will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied Psychology before. This qualification will be of benefit to students wishing to develop skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers,
including critical analysis, independent thinking and scientific research.
 

Curriculum

Year 1
Paper 1- Social Influence, Memory and Attachment and psychopathologies
Social influence: We will look at explanations for
obedience: agentic state and legitimacy of authority, and situational variables affecting obedience including proximity, location and uniform, as investigated by Milgram.
 
Memory: We will look at factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony: misleading information, including leading questions and post-event discussion; anxiety.
 
Attachment: We will look at the influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships, including the role of an internal working model.
 
Psychopathology: We will look at the behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias: the two-process model, including classical and operant conditioning; systematic desensitisation, including relaxation and use of hierarchy; flooding.
 
Paper 2 - Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods.
Approaches in Psychology: We will look at the origins of Psychology and different approaches in Psychology (biological,  cognitive, learning, psychodynamic and humanistic).
 
Research Methods: We will look at types of experiments and how psychologists run their own research.
 
Biopsychology: We will look at research into the nervous system, endocrine system and functions of different parts of the brain.
 
Year 2
Paper 3 - Issues and Debates
Schizophrenia: We will look at both biological and psychological explanations of schizophrenia as well
as different therapies for treating it.
 
Issues and debates: We will look at debates that shape psychology such as the nature Vs nurture debate. We will also examine issues that affect our ability to generalise findings due to potential biases such as culture and gender bias.
 
Gender: We will examine the differences between sex and gender as well as investigate the biological, cognitive, psychodynamic and social explanations of gender and their differences.
 
Aggression: We will research biological, evolutionary and social explanations of aggression. We will also investigate the effect of the media on aggression levels.
 

Assessment

This A Level is assessed by three x 2 hour exams at the end of two years of study.
 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Ms E Watts: ewatts.312@lgflmail.org (HOD)