Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It will interest students who want to find out more about human thought and actions. During the course you will develop an understanding of the nature of science and psychological research methods.
Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology Developmental Psychology Research Methods In unit one you will learn how memory works, and how psychological explanations of memory can be applied in everyday life. Developmental Psychology involves studying the nature of early childhood relationships and the impact of disrupting these relationships on emotional and intellectual development.
Research methods involves learning about how Psychologists conduct investigations, career and analyse data and form scientific hypothesses.
Unit 2: Biological Psychology Social Psychology Individual differences In unit two you study the body’s response to stress, stress in everyday life, and stress management. Social psychology looks at how we are influenced by others and the factors affecting conformity, obedience and independence. The study of individual differences includes learning about definitions of abnormality, biological and psychological explanations for abnormal behaviour and therapies. Psychological research methods are fundamental in Psychology and are studied in both units.
Unit 3:- You will study 3 Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Eating Behaviour, Gender.
Unit 4:- Psychopathology – Schizophrenia. You will study the way the disorder is diagnosed, biological and psychological explanations of the disorder, and therapies. Psychology in Action – Addiction. This unit is concerned with the reasons why people develop addictions and methods of prevention and intervention. Psychological Research and the Scientific Method. Here you will develop your understanding of the scientific principles and investigative methods used in psychological research. You will be introduced to the use of statistical methods and will build upon your exisiting knowledge of research methods from your AS studies.
Study of this subject will help you develop important academic skills such as writing fluency, data organisation, and the ability to think critically and objectively.
Psychology works well with most subjects. It links particularly well with Sociology, Biology, PE and Health and Social Care. There may be optional trips to the theatre, revision conferences and universities. Students are expected to commit to regular reading and homework and should feel comfortable with mathematics. No prior study of the subject is needed.
Students who are successful at AS level may complete an additional year to achieve the A level qualification. A number of students choose to pursue their study at degree level. As part of a wider programme the course provides an excellent basis for progression to any career or university course. Psychology will support a career in a wide range of areas, including Teaching, Social work, Nursing, Medicine, the Police, Public Relations and many more.