Psychology 

AS and A2 Psychology


Psychology at South Wilts

Both South Wilts Grammar School and Bishop Wordsworth’s School students are taught Psychology at SWGS. As it is a Sixth Form only subject, our department is located centrally in the Sixth Form block. We have two Psychology dedicated classrooms where the subject is taught, also located within the Sixth Form block.


What are the entry requirements for Psychology?

Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and grade B or above in science and maths. Plus the enthusiasm to tackle a new and challenging subject


Why Study Psychology?

Psychology is the most popular A level in the country and for good reason! It is a fascinating subject with several applications to real life. Through the scientific study of human behaviour, students will learn valuable skills they can use in their everyday lives such as memory improvement and stress management techniques. In addition to this, students will gain a deep insight into interesting topics such as relationships, schizophrenia and aggression. Psychology is a challenging subject in which students will be stretched as they will approach these human problems from a scientific perspective. Students will be required to use their evaluative skills constantly to assess the theories and research they study, which will help them to become better learners in whatever field they choose to pursue.


Where can Psychology take you?


There are several routes you can take with a qualification in psychology. A degree in psychology can lead you to areas such as: 

• Medicine and related careers such as occupational therapy, nursing and speech therapy
• Teaching
• Police and law related work
• Psychological research
• Psychiatry
• Working with people with learning difficulties
• And much more!


Other information


• The Psychology department have links with outside agencies and invite visitors into the classroom. These include research students, a consultant Psychiatrist, mothers with their children and the police.
• The department host revision courses run by senior examiners.
• The department have links with students currently studying psychology at university.

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 Psychology Specification at a glance: AQA A 
 Year 12 
 Unit 1 
  Topic  Focus  Key Questions/Concepts
 Cognitive Psychology Memory • How do we remember things and why do we forget?
• Evaluating models of memory
• Real life application: Eyewitness Testimony
 Developmental Psychology Attachment • How do children form attachments to their parents?
• What happens if children don’t form attachments?
• Are attachments the same in all cultures?
  Research Methods  How Science works in Psychology  • How are psychological studies carried out?
• What are the strengths and weaknesses of each method?
• How can we tell if a study is reliable?
Unit 2
 Biological Psychology  Stress  • What happens in the body when we are stressed?
• Which stress management techniques are effective and why?
 
  Social Psychology  Conformity and Obedience  • Why do people conform and obey?
• Why do people refuse to conform or obey?
  Individual Differences  Psychopathology  • What are the different ways in which “abnormality” is explained?
• What are the treatments for psychopathology?
Year 12 AS Paper 1
Topic  Focus  Key Questions/Concepts
Social Psychology  Conformity and Obedience
  • • Why do people conform?
    •Why do people obey?
    •Why do people refuse to conform or obey?

Cognitive Psychology Memory • How do we remember things and why do we forget?
• Evaluating models of memory
• Real life application: Eyewitness Testimony.
Developmental Psychology Attachment

• How do children form attachments to their parents?
• What happens if this attachment is disrupted?
• What do attachment look like in different cultures?

Paper 2
Individual differences Psychopathology

• What are the different ways in which “abnormality” is explained?
•How can abnormality be treated?

Approaches and Biopsychology

Origins of Psychology

Nervous system

• When did Psychology begin?
• Who first discovered it?
•How can we explain behaviour?
•What role does adrenaline play?

Research Methods

“How Science works in Psychology”

• What are the strengths and weaknesses of each method?
• How can we tell if a study is reliable?

   Year 13
   Unit 3
  Relationships • How do we form relationships?
• How are relationships maintained?
• What influence does childhood have on adult relationships?
  Aggression  • How can aggression be explained form Social Psychological perspectives?
• What Biological explanations account for aggression?
• How Evolution can explain human aggression both from individual and group dynamics? e.g Sport &Warfare
  Gender

 • What are the Cognitive explanations for gender development?
• How does biology influence Gender roles and identity?
• What social and cultural factors influence gender identity and gender role?

   Unit 4
Psychopathology   Schizophrenia  • How is Schizophrenia diagnosed? Clinical characteristics and issues surrounding diagnosis.
• What Biological reasons explain the onset of schizophrenia?
• What Psychological reasons account for the onset of Schizophrenia?
• How is Schizophrenia treated biologically and psychologically?
 Psychology in Action  Media  • What influence do the media have on social behaviour?
• What are the processes involved in persuasion?
• Why are we attracted to celebrities?
 Research Methods  The application of scientific method and data analysis.  • Selection and application of appropriate research methods for different types of study.
• Designing research; ethics, sampling, reliability and validity.
• Report writing conventions. Including peer review.
• Data analysis, descriptive statistics and graphical representation.
• Data analysis; Probability and significance. Errors and factors affecting choice of statistical test.
• Application of knowledge in reporting conclusions with reference to inferential statistical tables.

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