Course title: AS/A Level Psychology
Exam board detail: Edexcel
Type of qualification: A Level (to be studied in conjunction with two other A Level subjects)
Delivery hours per week: 6 hours (1.5-hour lessons)
Section 1: Subject Overview
We will cover the below in AS (Year 1)
Unit 1: Social Psychology
We cover obedience, prejudice and discrimination
Social Impact theory
Social Identity theory
Realistic conflict theory
Unit 2: Cognitive Psychology
We cover memory including the case study of patient HM and investigate disorders such as, dyslexia and dementia.
Some of the memory models we cover:
Working memory model
Unit 3: Biological Psychology
During this unit we 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
Unit 4: Learning Theories
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.
There are two exams at the end of AS – May/June.
We will cover the below in A2 (Year 2)
Unit 1: Clinical Psychology
Clinical psychology is about explaining and treating mental health issues, and of 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 we cover are:
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Unit 2: Optional
There are 3 optional modules - we only will cover one of the three below.
The module we cover will depend on the cohort’s interest.
Unit 3: Psychological Skills
This is a synoptic section in which students will be asked to draw on other areas of the qualification in order to understand conceptual and methodological issues. Students will develop an understanding of how to use theories and evidence from many areas of psychology and apply them to the issues.
This is the section where research methods will be tested
and Issues/ debates.
There are 3 exams at the end of A2 – May/June.
Section 2: Assessment Overview
Assessment methods include:
Frequent Topic Tests
External assessments (exams) will take place in the summer term – May/June.
Section 3: What do other students study alongside Psychology at A Level?
Many of our students will opt to study Maths, Sociology, Biology or English depending on their long-term destination.
Section 4: What are the possible career opportunities after successful completion of this course?
Psychology is a solid foundation for many degrees. Our students have progressed onto Russell Group universities to study:
- Bio-Medical science
- Social Work
- Primary Teaching
Section 5: How can I find out more if I have a question?
Psychology Teacher – Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Curriculum Operations Manager - email@example.com