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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel


The A Level qualification is assessed after 2 years of study.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

This paper consists of the material covered in the first year of Psychology - social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

This paper consists of the material covered in the first year of Psychology (approaches in psychology and research methods) plus the following

Approaches in Psychology

  • The psychodynamic approach
  • Humanistic psychology
  • Comparison of approaches


  • Localisation of function in the brain and hemispheric lateralisation
  • Ways of studying the brain
  • Biological rhythms

Research Methods

  • Content Analysis
  • Case Studies
  • Reliability
  • Validity
  • Features of science
  • Reporting psychological investigations
  • Analysis and interpretation of correlation
  • Levels of measurement
  • Content analysis and coding

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Issues and Debates

  • Gender and culture in Psychology
  • Free will and determinism
  • The nature-nurture debate
  • Holism and reductionism
  • Idiographic and nomothetic approaches
  • Ethical implications of research and theories


  • Evolutionary explanations for partner preferences
  • Factors affecting attraction in romantic relationships
  • Theories of romantic relationships
  • Virtual relationships in social media
  • Parasocial relationships


  • Classification of schizophrenia
  • Biological explanations for schizophrenia
  • Psychological explanations for schizophrenia
  • Drug therapy
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Interactionist approaches

 Forensic Psychology

  • Problems in defining crime
  • Offender profiling
  • Biological explanations of offending behaviour
  • Psychological explanations of offending behaviour
  • Dealing with offending behaviour