"Do our childhood experiences affect us as adults? Are males more obedient than females? Are phobias learnt? How many items can our memory hold?
In the Psychology Department we aim to help students to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other. Our lessons will help develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods as well as develop the competence and confidence in a variety of practical and mathematical skills related to psychological investigations.
Further Information about our courses including results
We are very proud of our A level results each year. Many of our students who have studied psychology with us go on to study psychology at university.
Course Content and Teaching Units
Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology
• Memory – models of memory; types of memory; explanations of forgetting, eye witness testimony
• Attachment – caregiver interactions; animal studies; types of attachment; cultural variations; maternal deprivation; long term effects of attachments.
• Social Influence – conformity; obedience; resisting social influence; minority influence and social change
• Psychopathology - defining and explaining psychological abnormality and treating abnormality including phobias, depression and OCD
Paper 2: Psychology in context
• Research methods - methods and techniques to study behaviour, Investigation design, data analysis and data presentation and the scientific process
• Approaches in Psychology - the origins of Psychology and the learning, cognitive, psychodynamic, humanistic and biological approaches
• Bio-psychology - nervous Research system; neurons, endocrine system; fight/flight response, brain lateralisation, ways to study the brain and biological rhythms
Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology
• Issues and debates in psychology - gender and culture in psychology, free will and determinism, nature-nurture debate, holism and reductionism, ethical implications of research studies and theory, including reference to social sensitivity
• You will also study three topics in detail:
To find out more about what you will study look at the AQA website:
Psychology is a scientific subject so we encourage you to have
achieved at least a level 5 in your science GCSE.
Overall, at least 10% of the marks in the assessments for psychology will require the use of mathematical skills and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE maths
GCSE Science – Level 5 desirable
GCSE Maths – Level 5 desirable
GCSE English Language or English Literature – Level 5