PSYCHOLOGY AS by sdfwerte

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									PSYCHOLOGY
 AS Level
  2008/9
   What
Psychology
 is NOT…
A course in telepathy
or body language
Or dream
analysis
 What is psychology?

  The study of
    MENTAL
  PROCESSES
and BEHAVIOUR
           AS outline
At AS, candidates will develop a broad
  knowledge and understanding of the core
 areas of psychology
  (social, cognitive, developmental,
  biological and individual differences)
through a range of topics, chosen for their
  accessibility and popularity.
Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology,
 Developmental Psychology,
      Research Methods
– Cognitive psychology, including memory
  and eyewitness testimony
– Developmental psychology, including
  early social development, attachment
  and the effects of day care
– Research methods, in the context of the
  topic areas.
 Unit 2: Biological Psychology,
Social Psychology and Individual
           Differences
 – Biological psychology, including stress,
   factors affecting stress, coping with
   stress and managing stress
 – Social psychology, including majority
   and minority influence, obedience and
   independent behaviour
 – Individual differences, including
   definitions of abnormality, approaches
   and therapies.
 On successful completion of AS, a further two
 modules can be studied at A2, chosen by MTS

 Unit   3: Topics in Psychology
 –Biological rhythms and sleep
 –Perception
 –Relationships
 –Aggression
 –Eating behaviour
 –Gender
 –Intelligence and learning
 –Cognition and development
There is no
longer any
coursework
 Unit 1 – Cognitive Psychology
 Cognitivepsychologists believe that
 human behaviour can be best
 explained if we first understand the
 mental processes that underlie
 behaviour
                Memory
 Short   term, long term




 Remembering,    forgetting

 Eyewitness   testimony
Unit1 - Developmental Psychology
 How children and adults change as
 they get older

 Nature   and nurture

          of parents, peers, and
 Influence
 other people, along with genetic
 factors
                   Attachment
   Deprivation

   Day care for
    children
        Research Methods
 How
 psychologists
 research their
 theories –
 techniques and
 their analysis
Unit 2 – Physiological Psychology
   How hormones,
    blood, nerves and
    the brain affect us



   Study stress and
    stress
    management
 Unit 2 – Individual Differences
 Individualdifferences,
 including definitions of
 abnormality, approaches
 and therapies
 Unit 2 – Social Psychology
Social psychology, including majority
and minority influence, obedience
and independent behaviour
Majority and minority influence
           Conformity
 Would   a
 football
 hooligan do
 this if he
 wasn’t at a
 match?
              Who will it suit?
   It is a science A-level

   Any combination of subjects

   English, Humanities, Sciences, and Maths
    are all good matches

   If you go on to study psychology beyond A
    level, Maths is an advantage
But you must
 think that
 people are
fascinating
If you don’t know much
  about psychology, but
  think it sounds alright
    and you might be
       interested…
you need to
 find out more.
          Format of questions
 Analysis   skills worth same marks as
 recall

 Good  essay writing and analytical
 skills essential for success

      answer questions at AS,
 Short
 essays at A2
    What the papers look like
 http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/pdf
 /AQA-PSYA1-W-SQP-07.PDF
Generalstudies
  Psychology
    option
         If over-subscribed
 Selection:



 Interview  with HME and JGT
 Based on a case by case basis

 How it fits in with your other
  choices/future aspirations

								
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