Arthur Mellows Village College

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Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. At Psychology A Level, students are given the opportunity to study a range of approaches and topics which broaden their understanding of human behaviour, including topics such as Psychopathology (mental health Psychology), Biopsychology, Memory, Social Influence and Attachment.

A Level Psychology gives students an understanding of the human mind and why people behave the way they do.

Students will be able to answer questions such as:

  • Can we rely on eyewitness testimony in a courtroom situation?
  • Why do we obey orders when given by authority figures?
  • How should we treat disorders such as depression and OCD?
  • What is the main cause of human behaviour, nature or nurture?

In Year 12 students will study topics including: Attachment, Social Influence, Psychopathology, Memory, Biopsychology, Research Methods and Approach. The early topics in the year give students a grounding in what will be a new subject for them and an understanding of how psychologists conduct research and what they wish to find out about society. Later topics in the year apply their understanding to human behaviour.

In Year 13 students will study topics including: Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology and Issues and Debates. Topics in Year 13 allow students to study a narrower topic in more detail to gain an in-depth understanding of human nature.