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The Adeyfield Academy



Exam Board: AQA

Specification Number: 8182 

Level of Course: 2

Aim of Course:

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour; the aim of the course is to introduce students to some of the main principles of psychology that they to explain different areas of human behaviour.  As well as learning the knowledge students also develop their analytical and evaluative skills.  Students are encouraged to apply the concepts being learned to everyday life to try and explain why people behave the way they do.

During the course students also develop their scientific writing skills, they learn to describe, explain, apply and evaluate both theories and studies as well as learning about the ethics of carrying out psychological research.

The topics include

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research methods
  • Social Influence
  • Language, thought and communication
  • Brain and neuropsychology
  • Psychological problems

The GCSE course is a two-year linear course with students sitting two, 1 hour 45 minute exams at the end of year 11.

A Level

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Number: 7182 

Level of Course: 3

Aim of Course:

Students are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of psychological concepts as well as a greater appreciation of psychological research; the ability to apply this knowledge to real life situations; critically analyse and evaluate the value of psychological research and its credibility as an explanation of human behaviour.

The study of psychology at A level will appeal to students who are curious about people and are interested in exploring the reasons for their behaviour. It is a versatile A level subject as is complements a variety of different A level subjects and is a credible A level for university application.

For A level psychology students need to be sensitive, open minded and willing to accept that there are no 'right or wrong' answers. Psychology is a science with cutting edge research that can be applied to issues we see in everyday life, such as psychological disorders, relationships and social influence.

Topics include:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction

Mode of Assessment:

The A level course is a two-year linear course with students sitting three, 2 hour exams at the end of year 13.

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Hemel Hempstead

(01442) 406020