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Psychology is a thought-provoking, lively and exciting subject. It is a popular choice at AS and A2 level.
We follow the OCR specification and assume that students have no prior knowledge of the subject.
The AS course is structured around fifteen key studies, each of which has been extremely influential in the development of psychological theories. These are some of the questions asked by these studies:-
- Why and under what circumstances do we obey orders?
- Do children learn aggression?
- Are the brains of taxi drivers different to those of other people?
- Can chimpanzees learn language?
- Is eye-witness testimony reliable?
The A2 course looks at the applied topics of forensic and clinical psychology. We cover areas such as the causes of criminal behaviour, courtroom behaviour, offender treatments, the causes and management of stress, the diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctional behaviour. These specialist choices explore how different approaches in psychology can be applied to real life situations.
In addition to this, students will become familiar with the methods used by psychologists to collect and analyse data. In year 12 they will carry out and evaluate practical work using these techniques. These practical skills are examined further at A2 level.
A wide range of teaching methods is used within the department. Sometimes there are teacher-led presentations and often students work in groups to research a topic, evaluate a study or plan practical work. There are often lively and, occasionally, controversial discussions in lessons. We have lots of DVD’s to develop topics further.
Students of A level psychology have gone on to study a wide range of subjects at university, including Oxford and Cambridge. These subjects have included law, medicine, dentistry, history, geography, politics, natural sciences and philosophy. A significant number of students love the subject so much that they go on to study it at university.
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