Psychology 6th Form

AS Psychology A

(Units 1 and 2)

  • Research Methods
  • Memory
  • Early social development
  • Stress
  • Psychopathology
  • Social influence
  • Intensive revision
A2 Psychology A

(Units 4 and 3)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Media psychology
  • Psychological research and scientific method
  • Biological rhythms and sleep
  • Relationships
  • Aggression
  • Intensive revision


Awarding Body

AQA Psychology Syllabus A


Length of Course

AS 1 year
A2 1 year to make a full A Level


Teaching and Learning Style

Discussion, direct teaching, essays, videos and CD, experiments. 


The Subject

The focus of the course is behaviour patterns and experience, mostly in humans. By experience we mean what makes us behave in certain ways and also what it feels like when we exhibit these behaviours. The study spans a wide range of other subject areas including Biology, History, Geography, Sociology and Mathematics so it is important that students should have the enthusiasm for combining the various strands into a cohesive whole. Lessons will involve experiments, research, discussion, essay writing and studying and understanding the work of important psychologists the methods that they used, and analysing these methods.



100% by exam.


Unit Descriptions

AS Level

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Child Psychology and Research Methods. The impact of human memory on our behaviour and our understanding of the world around us with special focus on eye witness testimony. Child psychology – the impact of day care and attachment types research methods.

Unit 2: Physiological Psychology, and Social Psychology Stress and individual differences. Obedience and conformity.

A2 Level

Unit 3: Topics in Psychology: Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Relationships and Aggression. The nature of sleep and sleep disorders such as insomnia. Theories of formation, maintenance and breakdown of relationships, including human reproductive behaviour. The effects of childhood experiences on adult life. Theories of aggression and factors influencing aggression.

Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods Obsessive compulsive disorder, explanations and therapies. Media influences on social behaviour and psychology of ‘celebrity’. The application of scientific methods in psychology, design of psychological investigations and data analysis and reporting on investigations. This academic year at A2 level a trip will be organised to Cambridge to attend an Ethics Conference led by Dr Peter Vardy – Vice-Principal of Heythrop College (University of London).


Possible Careers

Clinical Psychologist, Child Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Teaching, Medicine, Nursing and Management.


Teacher Responsible

Mrs G Hills