Psychology

Psychology is the ‘study of human behaviour’ and it is a very popular A Level at The Misbourne.   Psychology is the scientific study of the individual, their behaviour and the physical and mental processes that control their actions. Psychologists ask questions about how the individual behaves in certain situations and tries to explain why people act in this way and if appropriate find ways to help people change their behaviour.  Some of the areas we look at are: why do some people suffer from mental illness?  Does the media influence the way in which we behave?  Why are people aggressive?  Does it affect children if their parents work and they go to day care?  What happens to the body when we are stressed?  How can we treat schizophrenia?  Why do we marry people of a similar attractiveness to ourselves?

Throughout this course, students learn about many great psychologists, about the various different approaches to psychology that exist, and about a wide range of psychological research that has been carried out.

Curriculum

A Level Psychology: (Exam Board: AQA)
 

At A Level, students follow the AQA A syllabus which offers them the opportunity to study a range of topics and issues within psychology.  It provides students with a strong base of psychological knowledge, which they can then develop further at degree level if they chose to study psychology or related fields at university.

The topics that students cover in Year 12 are:

  • Social psychology
  • Memory
  • Developmental psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods
  • Biopsychology

The topics that students cover in Year 13 are:

  • Aggression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Relationships
  • Issues and Debates
  • Approaches

This subject will suit students that are studying towards other social science subjects such as sociology and health and social care. It also compliments biology and mathematics.  The course requires students to demonstrate a combination of English, mathematics and science skills.  They are required to understand and apply scientific concepts, manipulate statistics and complete simple equations, and complete extended writing and essay tasks. Therefore, being comfortable reading and assimilating information is essential, as well as being able to express their ideas and communicate well in writing.  

 

Department Staff

Mrs K Dyas

Useful Websites and Resources

AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 & AS - Student Book 1st Edition Edition
by Cara Flanagan (Author), Dave Berry (Author), Matt Jarvis (Author), Rob Liddle (Author)