The Course: Year 12

  • Approaches to Psychology.
  • Memory processes and memory improvement.
  • The attachment relationship between young children and parents.
  • Obedience to authority and conformity.
  • Defining and treating abnormal behaviour.
  • How psychological investigations are carried out.

The Course: Year 13

  • Approaches to Psychology.
  • Relationships
  • Addictions
  • Schizophrenia
  • Biopsychology (including neural mechanisms).
  • Understanding and practice of scientific method.
  • The debates surrounding the causes of human behaviour e.g Nature? Or nurture? A result of free will? Or determined by internal and external forces?
  • Ethics and bias in research.


  • Analysis, evaluation and application of research.
  • Interpreting scientific data and research.
  • Design and conduct of research.


A Level:

Three equally weighted 2 hour exams which include a range of questions styles: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

A2 Compulsory Content:

  1. Social Influence: types of conformity and explanations for conformity; conformity to social roles; explanations for obedience; resistance to social influence; minority influence; the role of social influence.
  2. Memory: multi-store model of memory; types of long-term memory; the working memory model; explanations for forgetting; eyewitness testimony.
  3. Attachment: caregiver-infant interactions in humans; animal studies of attachment; types and explanations of attachment; Bowlby's theory of maternal deprivation; the influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships.
  4. Psychopathology: definitions of abnormality; phobias, depression and OCD; behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias; cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression; biological approach to explaining and treating OCD.
  5. Approaches in Psychology: learning approaches; the cognitive approach; the biological approach; the psychodynamic approach; humanistic psychology; comparison of approaches.
  6. Biopsychology: divisions of the nervous system; structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons; fight or flight response; functions of the brain and ways of studying the brain; biological rhythms.
  7. Research methods: laboratory and field experiments, natural and quasi-experiments; observational techniques; questionnaires/interviews; correlations; content analysis; case studies.
  8. Issues and debates in psychology:gender and culture; free will and determination; the nature-nurture debate; levels of explanation in psychology; idiographic and nomothetic approaches to psychological investigation; ethical implications of research.

Optional Content - choose 3 from:

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating Behaviour
  • Addiction


For further details, please contact Mrs Kirke/Miss Findlay.

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.