The Psychology qualification is linear. This means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A Level exams at the end of their A Level course.
The AS qualification is a stand alone qualification and does not count towards the A Level qualification.
At AS we cover the following:
PAPER 1 - Introductory Topics in Psychology
Types of conformity; conformity to social roles; explanations for obedience; explanations of resistance to social influence; minority influence; the role of social influence in social change.
The multi-store model of memory; types of long-term memory; the working memory model; explanations for forgetting; the accuracy of eyewitness testimony and how to improve it.
Caregiver-infant interactions in humans; animal studies of attachment; explanations of attachment; types of attachment; cultural variations in attachment; Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation; the influence of attachment on childhood and adult relationships.
PAPER 2 - Psychology in Context
Approaches in Psychology
Origins of Psychology; learning approaches; the cognitive approach; the biological approach - the division of the nervous system, the structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons, the function of the endocrine system; the fight or flight response.
Definitions of abnormality; the behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and OCD; the behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias; the cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression; the biological approach to treating OCD.
Experimental method; observational techniques; self-report techniques; correlations; scientific processes (aims, hypotheses, sampling, pilot studies, experimental designs, observational designs, questionnaire construction, variables, control, demand characteristics, investigator effects, ethics, peer review and implications of research for the economy; data handling and analysis (quantitative and qualitative data, primary and secondary data, descriptive statistics, presentation and display of data, distributions and introduction to statistical testing).