Head of Department: Miss D Bunkell

Curriculum Intent

A-level Psychology is an interesting and exciting course at Brakenhale, which examines the theories and research behind the way people think and behave.

At AS and A level, students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of psychology including introductory topics in psychology, psychology in context, and issues and options in psychology.

The psychology course in linear and 100% examination.

Throughout the course students will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, communication skills, and problem solving.

The first year of A-level follows two main units, introductory topics in psychology and psychology in context. Introductory topics include in depth analysis of social influence and the explanations for conformity and obedience, research into theories of memory, and explanations of research into attachments formed in childhood.

Psychology in context includes analysis of approaches to psychology (biological, humanistic, social, developmental, and cognitive.) understanding biopsychology, an introduction to psychopathology, and research methods.

The second year of A-level reinforces the units covered in year 1, and also includes issues and options in psychology. Students will focus on three topics from options that include research into relationships, psychological explanations of gender, cognition and development, schizophrenia, eating behaviour, stress, aggression, forensic psychology, and addiction. Research methods continue to link through all topics.

Psychology Overview

Psychology Specification