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Lurgan College


Mr D. Bell

What will you study at AS Level?

AS Module 1 Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods (Assessed by examination)

  • Memory
    Theories / Models of Memory
    Memory in everyday life (e.g. eyewitness testimony and memory improvement)
  • Attachment
    Explanations of attachment in infants
    Attachment in everyday life (e.g. the impact of different forms of day care, including nurseries, on children’s social development), the effects of privation and institutionalisation in orphanages and children’s homes)
  • Research Methods
    Methods and techniques e.g. lab experiments, interviews and observation
    Data analysis and interpretation e.g. graphs and statistics (e.g. correlation)

AS Module 2 Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences (Assessed by examination)

  • Stress
    Stress as a bodily response and stress related illness and related illness.
    including drugs (e.g. benzodiazepines) and various therapies.
  • Social Psychology / Social Influence
    Social Influence e.g. why people conform, explanations of independent behaviour including how people resist the pressure to conform and to obey authority
  • Individual Differences
    Causes of psychological abnormality, such as mental health problems (e.g. schizophrenia OCD, Bi-polar disorder) and how they are treated (surgery, drugs, ECT, psychoanalysis)

What will you study at A2 Level?

Module 3 Topics in Psychology (Assessed by examination)

You will study three topics from the following list;

    • Biological rhythms and sleep;
    • Relationships;
    • Eating disorders;
    • Intelligence and learning;
    • Perception;
    • Aggression
    • Gender
    • Cognition and development

Module 4 Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods (Assessed by examination)

  • Psychopathology includes the study of ONE topic from schizophrenia, depression and anxiety disorders.
  • Psychology in Action includes ONE topic from media psychology, the psychology of addictive behaviour and anomalistic behaviour (scientific fraud, psychic healing and out-of-body and near death experience).
  • Psychological Research and Scientific Method which includes designing psychological investigations, data analysis and reporting on investigations.




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