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Psychology

Course aims

To provide an understanding of various psychological areas and issues with the development of skills necessary to study psychology in Higher Education.

Entry requirements

You will require a grade 6 in any English GCSE and grade B in any humanities subject, plus grade 4 in maths and a grade C in science, in addition to the general entry requirements.

Course content

Two papers reflecting the AS material (as outlined below) including additional material (e.g. Biopsychology), plus Paper 3 exploring the issues and options in Psychology.

Paper 1 - Introductory Topics in Psychology

Social Influence: this looks at how people can influence others, as with conformity and obedience for example.

Memory: this looks at different aspects of memory, for instance eye witness testimony and why we forget.

Attachment: this looks at how children form attachments and what happens when factors interfere with this process.

Paper 2 - Psychology in Context

Approaches in psychology: this examines the basic approaches in psychology, for example is behaviour learned, or is it the result of genetic or neurochemical processes?

Psychopathology: this examines how psychologists define abnormality, what causes it and how can it be treated.

Research Methods: this looks at the methods that psychologists use to collect data about people.

Paper 3 - Issues and Options in Psychology

Issues and debates: addresses underlying themes in psychology, such as the nature - nurture debate.

Gender: considers how do children learn their gender identity - is it the result of biological processes, or learned from others?

Schizophrenia: explores the explanations and possible treatments of schizophrenia.

Forensic psychology: examines why people commit crime and how offenders should be treated.

Course assessment

Written examinations.

Materials

Textbooks are available from the library. Information concerning other suitable textbooks will be provided by course tutors.

Progress

Higher Education or careers such as teaching or the helping professions.

 
 

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