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  • 1. AS Psychology Unit 1 Social Approach
  • 2. What is psychology? Watch the power point, ‘What is psychology? Why did you choose this subject? How do you think it will help you in the future?
  • 3. What is psychology? Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour. Psychologists study such areas as perception, cognition, emotion, personality and interpersonal relationships. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of these functions in individual and social behaviour, while also exploring the underlying physiological and neurological processes. Psychology includes many sub-fields of study and applications concerned with such areas as human development, sports, health, industry, media and law.
  • 4. Why study psychology? What will you learn about?
  • 5. AS Units 1 exam (1hr 40 minutes) 60% of AS marks June only exam 1 exam (1hr 20 minutes) 40% of AS marks January or June exam Unit 2 : Three Approaches Psychodynamic Biological Learning Unit 1: Two Approaches Social and Cognitive
  • 6. A2 Units 1 exam (1hr 40 minutes) 60% of A2 marks June only exam 1 exam (1hr 30 minutes) 40% of A2 marks January or June exam Unit 4 : One compulsory application Clinical Issues and debates Unit 3: Choose 2 applications from 4: Criminological Child Health Sport
  • 7. Coursework? There is no coursework in the Edexcel specification but you will be required to complete a practical investigation for each approach studied.
  • 8. A2 Units – What we study Social Approach Definition of the approach Methodology : survey (interviewing and questionnaire), sampling and ethics Content: Obedience Milgram etc and prejudice (Social Identity Theory) Two studies in detail: Hofling et al (1996) and one other (from a choice of three) One key issue of choice Prescribed practical: Survey gathering qualitative and quantitative data
  • 9. A2 Units – What we study Cognitive Approach Definition of the approach Methodology : Laboratory experiments, and descriptive statistics Content: Levels of processing and one other model of memory Cue dependant and one other theory of forgetting Two studies in detail: Godden and Baddeley (1975) and one other (from a choice of three) One key issue of choice Prescribed practical: One cognitive experiment
  • 10. AS Units – What we study Psychodynamic Approach Definition of the approach Methodology : Case Study and correlation (including Spearman) Content: Freud’s theory and focus on gender development Two studies in detail: Little Hans (1909) and one other (from a choice of three) One key issue of choice Prescribed practical: One correlation using self- report
  • 11. AS Units – What we study Learning Approach Definition of the approach Methodology : Observations, Chi Squared test, review of experimental issues and ethical issues Content: Classical, operant conditioning and social learning theory, including explaining gender development Two studies in detail: Bandura, Bandura and Ross (1961) and one other (from a choice of three) One key issue of choice Prescribed practical: Observation
  • 12. How can psychology help you? Psychology involves the study of people and behaviour Studying Psychology will be useful for any career which involves dealing with people People with degrees in Psychology go on to work in the areas of market research, social work, teaching, nursing, advertising, sales, media and broadcasting, personnel management and even the police and the Armed Forces.
  • 13. More information Clinical, counselling, educational, forensic and health psychology are some of the areas you could specialise in at university after you gain your A-levels. If you need any more information speak to your science teacher or email: [email_address] or see The BPS : http:// www.bps.org.uk .
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