A Level Psychology

Course Content

Year 12 – A Level Year 1

Students study 7 topics

Paper 1

Social influence, memory, attachment, and psychopathology.

Questions that will be covered include: What are the factors that affect conformity and obedience in society? How do we encode, store and retrieve memories? What is the influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships? How can we explain and treat abnormalities?

Paper 2

Approaches in psychology, biopsychology, and research methods.

Questions that will be covered include: What are the assumptions of the main approaches in psychology? What is the function of the sensory, relay and motor neurons? What are the strengths and limitations of different research methods in psychology?

Year 13 – A Level Year 2

Paper 3

Students study 4 topics; Issues and debates in psychology, relationships, eating behaviour and aggression.

Questions that will be covered include: Why is the ‘nature-nurture’ debate so important in psychology? How can evolution explain our relationships? What are the biological and psychological explanations for eating disorders? How does the media influence aggression?

How will Students be assessed?

Paper 1: written exam: 2 hours, 96 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level
Paper 2: written exam: 2 hours, 96 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level
Paper 3: written exam: 2 hours, 96 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

From next year, the school is hoping to organise a trip for Year 12 and Year 13 students to New York. This will involve a 9/11 forensic psychology lecture, exploring themes of terrorism, deviant behaviour, media response and collective memory.