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A Levels - Psychology

YOUR A LEVEL PSYCHOLOGY COURSE WILL ENABLE YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT APPROACHES AND AREAS IN THE WORLD OF PSYCHOLOGY. WE WILL LEARN HOW SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGISTS SEE THE WORLD SO DIFFERENTLY TO BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND DEBATE WHICH APPROACH MAY HAVE MORE INFLUENCE OVER OTHERS.

Please read through the transition slides attached in the presentation.

 

IN YEAR 12, WE WILL BE LOOKING AT FIVE AREAS OF PSYCHOLOGY:

Social psychology (Milgram, Levine)

Cognitive psychology (Loftus and Palmer, Grant)

Developmental psychology (Bandura, Chaney)

Biological psychology (Sperry, Casey)

Individual differences (Freud, Baron-Cohen)

Within each area, we will look in great depth at four core studies (two old and two new in each area) which have become extremely influential in the world of psychology. There are twenty core studies in total throughout your A’ Level course.

Find TED talks and YouTube clips on the above areas of psychology and check out some of the famous psychologists listed above. Twin studies are extremely fascinating.

You will also be studying a series of debates in psychology which include:

Nature / nurture

Reductionism / holism

Freewill / determinism

Psychology as a science

Ethics

 

You will also be studying research methods which will include:

Hypotheses testing

Measures of central tendency

Sampling techniques

The experimental and non-experimental method

You will be conducting your own research and will be writing up your findings as a psychologist.

 

Films to watch:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

A Beautiful Mind

Good Will Hunting

Rainman

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Mindhunter

I am a killer

12 Angry Men

Click here to view the Core Studies Transition Tasks

Please contact Mrs Murphy for more information about the course.