A2 Level Psychology · AQA (legacy)

Dates Available

Week 1: Monday 3 - Friday 7 April
Week 2: Monday 10 - Friday 14 April
Week 3: Monday 17 - Friday 21 April

AQA A 2181

Length of Course
20 hours

2pm to 6pm daily

This course offers the two units of the A2 course.

Please note we will only be offering these topics. Please telephone to discuss timings if not all topics required.

PSYA3 - Relationships; Aggression; Biorhythms and Sleep
Romantic relationships: formation, maintenance and breakdown; theories of romantic relationships (reward/need satisfaction; social exchange theory).
Human reproductive behaviour: the relationship between sexual selection and human reproductive behaviour; evolutionary explanations of parental investment (sex differences; parent-offspring conflict).
Effects of early experience and culture on adult relationships: the influence of childhood and adolescent experiences on adult relationships, (parent-child relationships and interaction with peers).
The nature of relationships in different cultures.

Social psychological approaches: theories (social learning theory; (deindividuation); explanations of institutional aggression.
Biological explanations of aggression: neuronal and hormonal mechanisms; genetic factors.
Aggression as an adaptive response: evolutionary explanations (infidelity; jealousy); explanation of group display in humans (e.g. lynch mobs).
Biorhythms and Sleep
Biological rhythms: circadian, infradian; ultradian rhythms; the role of endogenous pacemakers and of exogenous zeitgebers; consequences of disrupting biological rhythms (shift work; jet lag).
Sleep states: the nature of sleep; functions of sleep (evolutionary explanations; restoration theory); lifespan changes in sleep.
Sleep disorders: explanations for insomnia (primary and secondary insomnia); factors influencing insomnia (apnoea; personality); other sleep disorders (sleep walking; narcolepsy).

PSYA4 - Depression; Addictions; Research Methods, Statistics and the Scientific Method
Clinical characteristics: classification and diagnosis.
Explanations: biological explanations; psychological explanations.
Therapies: biological therapies; psychological therapies.
Psychology in Action: Students will critically examine the psychology of addictions and develop an appreciation of the relationship between research, policy and practices in applying psychology in everyday life.
Research Methods, Statistics and the Scientific Method

 N.B. We will be focusing on these topics only.