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Psychology

Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour.
What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. At A-level, Psychology is classified as a science so if you are planning on choosing this subject you are advised to have competence in the natural sciences (such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics). In addition, you will use skills from Maths, English, Sociology and Philosophy throughout the course.

The one year AS-level is a standalone qualification and has two papers which include Social, Cognitive, Biological, and Learning approaches to psychology.

The two-year A-level has three papers which include Social, Cognitive, Biological, and Learning approaches (Paper 1), Clinical and Health Psychology (Paper 2), and Psychological skills (Paper 3).

The following gives you an idea of what each approach will investigate:

Social psychology

How do people become prejudiced?

Why do we obey?

During this approach you will conduct a questionnaire as a practical project

Cognitive psychology

How does human memory work?

How is the brain involved in memory?

During this approach you will conduct an experiment as a practical project

Biological psychology

What is the role of evolution in aggression?

How do drugs influence the brain?

During this approach you will conduct a correlation study as a practical project

Learning psychology

How do we learn?

Why do we copy role models?

During this approach you will conduct an observation as a practical project

Clinical psychology (A-level only)

How can we define abnormal behaviour?

How is Schizophrenia caused?

During this approach you will conduct a content analysis as a practical project

Health psychology (A-level only)

How do people become addicted to drugs?

How can we treat drug addicts?

During this approach you will conduct a content analysis as a practical project

Psychological skills (A-level only)

Is nature or nurture more important?

Should psychology be classified as a science?

What different ways are there of studying human and animal behaviour?

A Level Psychology at Abbey College Manchester

Related Subjects

Chemistry
Physics
Maths

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