What will you study and other information about A Level Psychology
- Social influence; understanding how people can be influenced by social factors such as conformity, obedience, and minority influence.
- Memory; explaining the difference between short term and long term memory, why we forget and how memory can be affected by misleading information and anxiety.
- Attachment; investigating the influence of childhood on adult behaviour, differences in cultural norms and the effect of deprivation.
- Psychopathology; defining, understanding causes, and treating a range of psychological disorders such as OCD, depression, and phobias.
- Approaches; understanding the origins of psychology and the five different perspectives within psychology, which all explain human behaviour in a variety of ways.
- Biopsychology; understanding the biological components that influence behaviour including.
- Research methods; developing practical skills to conduct psychological investigations.
- Issues and Debates; developing analytic skills in relation to all topics covered within the specification.
- Relationships; understanding how relationships are formed and maintained and reasons for breakdown. Exploring the emergence of virtual and parasocial relationships.
- Schizophrenia; classifying schizophrenia, understanding the possible causes, and investigating methods of treatment.
- Forensic psychology; exploring how to create offender profiles; explanations of offending and ways in which it can be dealt with.
The department is part of the ‘technology for learning’ scheme, therefore an electronic device (e.g. Chromebook) is compulsory to study this subject.
Student participation in psychological research in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University, where students took part in a longitudinal study investigating the relationship between exam anxiety and emotional regulation in adolescents.
We’ve also worked with Lancaster University’s Infant Lab to assist with attachment research, as well as visiting other universities in the North-West such as the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill University in Ormskirk.
Online talks hosted by alumni students focusing on careers in a variety of areas such as primary teaching, public health, prison social work, and senior cath lab nursing.