On this course, you will cover a broad range of topics and explore the different theories and thinking of psychology.
Year 1 - AS Level
You'll study obedience, prejudice and discrimination:
- Agency theory
- Social Impact theory
- Social Identity theory
- Realistic conflict theory
You'll study memory including the case study of patient HM and investigate disorders such as dyslexia and dementia. Some of the memory models you'll cover include:
During this unit, you'll look at the mechanisms within our body and learn how they affect our behaviour, specifically focusing on aggression.
- Brain structure, neurotransmission and hormone theories of aggression
- Evolutionary theories of aggression
- Freud's psychodynamic theory of aggression
Learning theories are about learning from the environment and the effects of conditioning, reinforcement, punishment, the role of reward and social learning on the organism.
Year 2 - A Level
Clinical psychology is about explaining and treating mental health issues and the different ways of treating them, including counselling and drug treatments. Individual differences and developmental psychology must be considered when learning about links between personality factors and mental disorders and genetic influences (nature) or environnemental influences (nurture) within different explanations for mental health disorders
The disorders you'll study include:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
There are 3 optional modules, we'll cover the one module the class find the most interesting.
- Criminological psychology
You'll develop an understanding of how to use theories and evidence from many areas of psychology and apply them to issues to present an argument or research a topic.
Your knowledge and skills will be assessed in a variety of different ways:
- Practical assessments
- Written exams; two exams at the end of year 1 and three exams at the end of year two.
What can I study alongside this A Level?
You can choose two other subjects to study. Many of our students will choose maths, sociology, biology or English depending on the university degree or career they have in mind.
What are the career opportunities?
Psychology is a solid foundation for many degrees. Our students have progressed onto Russell Group universities, some of the best universities in the UK, to study:
- Bio-Medical science
- Social Work
- Primary Teaching