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Psychology

Have you ever wondered if prison really does change criminal behaviour? Or why some people conform? Or perhaps if the experiences you had before the age of five really do shape the person you are today? The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain; an unseen process of enzymes, chemicals and electric currents. But why is it that some people suffer from stress or mental illness? Or that others are considered abnormal for deviating from social norms? Psychology looks at questions like these and more. It’s a fascinating science with cutting edge research that has real world applications. A-level Psychology gives you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways.  Students learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem solving and many more.

We follow an AQA specification with three examinations at the end of the second year of study. There is no coursework element.

Paper One

 

Paper Two

Paper Three

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Social Influence

Year 1

Approaches in Psychology

Year 1

Issues and Debates in Psychology

Year 2

Memory

Year 1

Biopsychology

Year 2

Topic 1 eg Gender

Year 2

Attachment

Year 1

Research Methods

Year 1

Topic 2 eg Eating Behaviour

Year 2

Psychopathology

Year 1

   

Topic 3 eg Forensics

Year 2

Specification

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Specimen Papers

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182/assessment-resources