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Psychology has been a popular A level course for many years at Allerton Grange, with many of our students choosing to study it beyond A level, at university.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in human behaviour. Although you do not need to have studied psychology before, you should be able to show an interest in the subject. Through studying it you will discover the answer to questions such as, why do people forget, how important is attachment in early years and why do people obey? This is a fascinating course that requires concentration and application, however it is not suitable as a subject for those wishing to solve personal problems.

Psychology fits well with other social sciences, such as Sociology and Criminology, as well as Humanities, such as Religious Studies and History.

Course content

The course is a 2 Year linear A level course which is formally examined at the end of Year 13. Students will, however, sit a mock examination to determine the suitability to continue to Year 13.

In Year 12, students study:

Autumn Term

  • Research methods: how do psychologists gather evidence and data to support/refute psychological theory? Students will look at different methods of data collection as well as how to analyse data to determine statistical significance.
  • Approaches in psychology: looks at the six different approaches to human behaviour. Students will study key concepts in each of the approaches and key psychologists in each approach.

Spring Term

  • Memory: looks at the different models and types of memory. Students will also study theories of forgetting, as well as researching the accuracy of eye witness testimony and how it can be improved.
  • Social influence: this topic area looks at different types of conformity and obedience. Students will investigate why people conform and obey, as well as how social change can occur though minority influence.

Summer Term

  • Attachment: students will learn about the different types and theories of attachment and investigate the impact of separation and deprivation on an individual and on adult relationships.
  • Abnormality: this topic covers the three most diagnosed mental health disorders in the UK – phobias, OCD and depression. Students will looks at issues with defining abnormality, as well as explanations and treatments for phobias, OCD and depression

Useful Links

The specification and other resources can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Regular catch up sessions are held in the pod every Tuesday and Thursday. They are optional and voluntary for students, however, students may be directed to the sessions if their progress is below target.

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