Theories and research on thinking and behaving

Department Lead: Mr S Vegh
Telephone: 01344 423041

Ethos & Aims

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

Key Stage 5

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. Students will complete their first year of A-level or AS, before choosing to continue on to the second year of A-level.

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

The AS and 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 in to theories of memory, and explanations of research in to 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 in to 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.