What is Psychology?
Have you always been interested in why people behave in certain ways? Are you interested in finding out why some people go along with a crowd and others don’t, how society has tried to define and explain mental illness, why people are aggressive?
Psychology answers these questions and many more. A text book definition of Psychology is: the study of human experience and behaviour.
What the students say…
“It is really interesting to have such a different topic to all of my others; the teachers are really supportive too!” Millie
“The lessons are really interactive, sometimes you get to carry out your own experiments which is fun and relevant” James
“It is really interesting because you understand a lot more about why people do things” Fred
“Although science supplies the answers as to how things happen, Psychology offers explanations as to why things happen” Dom
“I like learning about the crazy experiments!” Steph
“It’s a very social, easy-to-learn-in-environment” Nathanial
Suggested book list can be found below in the Document section
What the lessons are like…
Lessons are very interactive and include a variety of different activities to meet everyone’s learning style. Activities include: Carrying out your own experiment, carrying out observations on people in the school, musical evaluation, key term SPLAT! Whole class debates and smaller group discussions, role play, modelling studies with play dough, putting Psychologists on trial, quizzes, timed essays, mind maps, taboo and lots more!
Why study Psychology?
Psychology is a fascinating and varied subject and will interest anyone who has ever wondered why people behave in the way they do. We try to answer that question with scientific rigour. It is an academically challenging course and is seen as very good preparation for any degree or career. Many previous students have gone on to study Psychology to degree level and beyond.
A Level Psychology
The AS course considers how our memory works and how the accuracy of eyewitness accounts of a crime can be affected by different factors It also looks at the process of attachment between infants and their caregivers and what can happen if this process is disrupted.
Students will also explore reasons why people obey authority figures and conform to peer pressure. In Psychopathology, we look at different ways to define abnormality and examine different approaches and treatments for abnormality.
Throughout this course, students will develop understanding of how psychologists use different research techniques to carry out their work as well as looking at the different approaches/perspectives used by Psychologists to explain human behaviour.
Students will explore each topic through different psychological perspectives, learning how to explain the behaviours studied within the topic.
These topics also allow students to develop understanding of psychology in ‘real’ situations.
These will be three 2 hour exams that make up 33.3% of the A level. They will consist of multiple choice questions, short answer, and extended writing questions.
Psychology Student Checklist
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