Psychology

Head Of Department: Mr J Gaskell: jgaskell@kingalfred.somerset.sch.uk

 


A level Psychology is a very popular subject in the sixth form and many students go on to read Psychology at university.  Psychology is the science of the human mind and behaviour.  To do well at A level Psychology it helps being a good generalist: you will need to use mathematical skills, think scientifically and be able to write effective essays. To learn more about possible career pathways in Psychology you should use this link to consult the information pages on the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) website (you may also be interested in taking out a student subscription of the BPS and receive their excellent magazine):   

http://www.bps.org.uk/careers-in-psychology 

We teach the AQA syllabus and you can read the specification here:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/psychology/specifications/AQA-7181-7182-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF

 

Year 12 Psychology leading to the AS qualification:

 

Social Influence

As members of the primate family of mammals we are very social animals. This topic examines social pressures and the reasons for conformity and obedience behaviour

 

Memory

Cognitive psychologists have attempted to model human memory and assess the accuracy of eyewitnesses 

 

Attachment

In this topic you will follow developmental psychologists who have long studied the impact of early childhood on later adult behaviour

 

Approaches in Psychology

These are the different ‘fields’ of psychology and they explain behaviour from different perspectives: is human behaviour determined by our evolutionary past (biological approach), the way we think and process information (cognitive approach) or how we learn (behaviourist approach)? 

 

Psychopathology

The study of psychological abnormalities such as OCD, depression and phobias

 

Research Methods

The methods and techniques used by psychologists including experiments and observations 

 

 

 

 

Students meet famous psychologist Zimbardo

 

Year 13 Psychology leading to the A level qualification:

 In addition to learning the AS topics above in greater depth we will cover:

  • Two more approaches: psychodynamic (Freud’s influential theory that the unconscious mind is more significant than conscious motivations) and humanistic (studying the whole person from their own perspective, not the psychologist’s)

  • Biopsychology: the impact of biological mechanisms on human behaviour

  • Issue and debates: is nature or nurture more influential? Do we really have free will?

  • Options: a range including eating behaviour, relationships and aggression

 

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