Sixth Psychology

Psychology

Psychology is about asking questions and evaluating our answers. Why do we think, feel, and behave the way we do?

How should psychologists conduct research that is scientific, ethical and has practical applications? Underpinning the course is the appreciation of psychological approaches to understanding human behaviour, and includes behavioural, cognitive, biological and cognitive perspectives.

Students in Year 12 study for two exams which are tested in June.

There are six topics at AS Level, comprising of the following:

PSYA1:
Memory
Attachments
Research Methods

PSYA2:
Conformity, Obedience & Independent Behaviour
Abnormality
Stress

Each paper is 90 mins in duration and contributes 25% to the overall A Level mark.

In Year 13, students study the following topics across two exam papers:

PSYA3:
Relationships
Aggression
Sleep & Biological Rhythms

PSYA4:
Addictions
Schizophrenia
Research Methods

Year 13 content is tested in essay format and requires students to develop a clear line of argument, presenting supporting and challenging evidence, as well as an appreciation of appropriate key issues & debates in psychological enquiry, such as determinism, reductionism, cultural and gender bias.