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Psychology is about the study of human and to some extent animal behaviour. The discipline contains many schools of thought that have different approaches to what it is to be human. For example, at the social level you will learn that our behaviour is influenced by others. At the biological level, conditions such as schizophrenia may be caused by excessive chemical activity in the brain. Psychology is a science and you will be expected to develop your statistical and mathematical skills. You will also be expected to participate in and conduct experiments and research. Psychology AS is an academic course, with externally set examinations in January and June Entry Requirements 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above, including English Language and Mathematics. Course Content AS Unit 1 - Social and Cognitive Psychology This unit is designed to introduce the social and cognitive approaches to Psychology through the development of key content areas. the unit is divided into two parts: Social Psychology: Obedience and Prejudice Cognitive Psychology: Memory and Forgetting Within each part, the sections of the unit arise from the content which includes a selection of basic concepts of the social and cognitive approaches. The unit is designed to enable choice within each approach in the selection of a second key study and a key issue relevant to the approach. Within each approach there is the requirement for students to conduct a short practical investigation. AS Unit 2 - Understanding the Individual This unit is designed to introduce three approaches in Psychology the Psychodynamic Approach, Biological Approach and the Learning Approach. The unit aims to develop student's understanding of psychological issues of development, individual difference and biology through the study of these approaches. The unit is designed to enable choice within each approach in the selection of a second key study and a key issue relevant to the approach. Within each approach there is the requirement for students to conduct a short practical investigation. How will I be assessed? AS Unit 1: 1 hour 20 mins exam. Consisting of a selection of objective test items, a section of short-answer questions and a section of extended writing. AS Unit 2: 1 hour 40 mins exam. Consisting of a selection of objective test items, a section of short-answer questions and a section of extended writing. What can I do next? A2 Psychology Additional costs Please enquire

Psychology is about the study of human and to some extent animal behaviour. The discipline contains many schools of thought that have different approaches to what it is to be human. For example, at the social level you will learn that our behaviour is influenced by others. At the biological level, conditions such as schizophrenia may be caused by excessive chemical activity in the brain....

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