Studying both mind and behaviour, you’ll explore the complex workings of people, from cognitive and developmental psychology to biological, social and individual differences. This is a unique academic subject complementing a wide range of courses from the arts to the sciences.

This broad subject, with its links to a range of other subjects, has a wide choice of future career pathways. If the way people think and behave fascinates you then Psychology is most definitely for you.


Social Influence, Memory and Attachment

Explanations of conformity, obedience and resisting social influence, minority influence and the role of social influence in social change. Models of memory, types of long-term-memory, explanations for forgetting, factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony and improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, including the use of the cognitive interview. Caregiver-infant interactions in humans. Stages of attachment, explanations of attachment and animal studies into attachment. Types of attachment and cultural variations in attachment. Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation, Romanian orphan studies and effects of institutionalisation. The influence of attachment on later relationships.

Approaches to Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods

Origins of Psychology. Learning, cognitive and biological approaches. Biopsychology including the nervous system, neurons, synaptic transmission and the endocrine system. Definitions of abnormality. The behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and OCD. The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias. The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression. The biological approach to explaining and treating OCD. Experimental and non-experimental research methods. Scientific processes and research designs. Quantitative data, data collection techniques and calculating data. Presentation and display of quantitative data in graphs and tables. Introduction to statistical testing.

  • Modern, specialist classrooms resourced with specialised displays
  • Psychology scholarships offering outstanding students a University Experience Day
  • Visiting speakers from universities, alumni and professionals
  • Feminist society, Psychology society, Criminal Psychology short course
  • Trips including Chester Zoo (animal behaviour), residential to Goldsmiths University, Harrow Public School,  Manchester Faith Walk and Sociology cinema
  • Support and extension classes

Course Key Details

Course Type : A-Level
Exam Board : AQA
Pass Rate : 99.3%
Assessment : 100% exam

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