AQA Advanced level in Psychology

Although the students take a linear two year course, leading to an A level, there is also the option to sit an AS level exam at the end of the first year of study.

During year one students will study:

Social Influence - In this approach, students will learn theories relating to how people behave towards other people, groups and society as a whole. We study conformity and obedience during this part of the course.

Attachment - This aims to study early social and cognitive development in infants and young children. You will learn about how infants form attachments and the long term effects of privation on children. We also study the influence early attachment has on childhood and adult relationships.

Memory - Cognition is the activity of mental processing or ‘thinking.’ This section aims to explain the processes of encoding, capacity and duration in the human memory system. Students will also develop knowledge of memory in everyday life such as, the reasons why we forget and issues affecting eyewitness testimony.

Psychpathology - This is the study of behaviour outside of the ‘normal’ range; focusing on depression, OCD and Phobias. You will study the psychological and biological approaches to abnormality, including some of the treatments used for these conditions.

Approaches in psychology - Students study some of the main approaches within Psychology, including the Origins of Psychology along with the main assumptions of the behavioural, cognitive, and biological approaches to explaining human behaviour.

Research methods - This section will aim to teach you how these facts are gathered in psychological reseaIn year two, students study an extra three topics which presently are, Schizophrenia, Relationships and Addiction. This is in addition to ‘top - ups’ in the biopsychology and approaches sections. Students also explore current Issues and Debates in psychology. rch. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding on how to best carry out a piece of psychological research and how to evaluate the results. This section includes the analysis and interpretation of data using statistics.

Future career paths.

Psychology students go on to have careers in many fields such as counselling, criminology, education or sports psychology. A Psychology qualification can also be beneficial to other career paths such as the police force, social work, the prison service and teaching.