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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel


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

Social Influence

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.

Research Methods

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).