AS Level Psychology · AQA (legacy)

Dates Available
Week 1: Monday 28 March – Friday 1 April
Week 2: Monday 4 – Friday 8 April
Week 3: Monday 11 – Friday 15 April

AQA A 1181

Length of Course
20 hours

9am to 1pm daily

This course covers the two compulsory units of the AS course.

PSYA1 - Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology/ Attachment; Research Methods
Cognitive Psychology
The multi-store model
: concepts of encoding; capacity and duration; strengths and weaknesses of the model.
The working memory model: strengths and weaknesses of the model.
Eyewitness testimony (EWT): factors affecting the accuracy of EWT.
Misleading information and the use of the cognitive interview.
Strategies for memory improvement.
Developmental Psychology/ Attachment
Explanations of attachment: learning theory; Bowlby.
Types of attachment: secure; insecure; Ainsworth.
Cultural variations in attachment.
Disruption of attachment: privation and the effects of institutionalisation;
impact of day care on child development (aggression; peer relations); research
into attachment and day care for childcare purposes.
Research Methods

PSYA2 - Biological Psychology/ Stress; Social Psychology/ Social influence; Individual Differences/ Abnormality
Biological Psychology/ Stress
The body’s response to stress: stress-related illness and the immune system: the pituitary-adrenal system and the sympathomedullary pathway in outline.
Life changes and daily hassles: workplace stress.
Personality Factors including Type A behaviour.
Approaches to coping with stress: emotion-focused and problem-focused; psychological and physiological methods of stress management (cognitivebehaviouraltherapy and drugs).
Social Psychology/ Social influence
Types of conformity: internalisation and compliance.
Why people conform: informational social influence and normative social influence; obedience (Milgram’s work; explanations of why people obey).
Independent behaviour: how people resist pressures to conform and pressures to obey authority; the influence of individual differences on independent
behaviour, including locus of control.
Research: implications of research into conformity, obedience and independent behaviour for social change.
Individual Differences/Abnormality
Definitions of abnormality: deviation from social norms; failure to function adequately; deviation from ideal mental health; limitations of definitions.
Psychopathology: approaches (biological; psychological); therapies (biological: drugs, ECT; psychological: psychoanalysis; systematic de-sensitization; cognitive behavioural therapy).

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