Psychology is the study of behaviour. Research methods and how psychologists gather their data are an integral part of the course. Human behaviour with regard to social influence, memory, cognition and individual differences will be covered in the first year with forensic psychology, cognition and law and aspects of childhood development studied at A2.
Year 1 (AS)
PSYB1 - Introducing Psychology
This module is split into three compulsory sections:
Key Approaches – Looking at the main psychological perspectives including the behaviourist and cognitive contributions and biopsychology focusing on physiological psychology and the genetic basis of behaviour.
Gender Development – Here you will study concepts of sex and gender, explanations for the development of gender identity such as biological and social explanations.
Research Methods – Different types of research methods will be studied including qualitative and quantitative methods and strength and weaknesses of experimental and non-experimental methods.
PSYB2- Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Individual Differences
This module is split into three sections:
- Social Influence
- Social facilitation and the effect of the presence of others on task performance.
- What is conformity?
- Why do some individuals and societies conform while others remain autonomous?
- What is obedience and who obeys? What are the real life repercussions of obedience?
- Ethical and methodological issues.
Cognitive Psychology – in this unit you will study Memory and forgetting by looking at components of a number of models including the multi-store model of memory and various explanations of forgetting, including decay and repression.
Individual Differences – in this unit you will study, explain and evaluate treatments for phobias and OCD.
Year 2 (A2)
PSYB3-Child Development and Options
This module is split in to three sections:
Child Development – This will include studying the work of Piaget, Vygotsky, and Bruner.
Cognition and Law – Here students will study the influence of cognition on law including techniques of face recognition, debating the reliability of eye witness testimony and the False Memory debate.
Forensic Psychology – Students will look at definitions of crime and theories of criminal behaviour and current treatments and therapies.
PSYB4 - Approaches, Debates and Methods in Psychology will cover areas such as free will and reductionism, and humanistic, biological, behaviourist, cognitive, and psychoanalytic perspectives. You will study methods of research including inferential statistics.