Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. You will learn the different approaches in Psychology. The psychodynamic approach, biological, cognitive and behavioural approaches and you will use these to help you understand various aspects of being human. You will consider where our gender identity comes from, our relationship behaviour, and our tendency toward aggression and why we conform to authority. You will also apply these approaches to mental illness, how we define mental illness, how we explain it and how we treat it. Research methods is a big part of the A Level and you will have a chance to put what you learn here into practice in a none examined piece of coursework. Finally, Forensic Psychology is a new and fascinating topic on the syllabus for you to explore. It looks at offender profiling and the differences between criminal and non-criminal brains – amongst other things! Ms Bardy, Head of Department
There are seven units studied during the first year of the A level course: Approaches in Psychology, Bio psychology, Social Influence, Psychopathology, Memory Attachment and Research methods. In the second year, there is more of Bio psychology and more research methods to complete. There are also some new topics: Relationships, Schizophrenia, and Forensic Psychology. At the end of the second year there are three written exams that will cover each of the units studied. There is a combination of multiple choice, short answer questions and essay questions.