Psychology

Intent

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Students find it fascinating to learn what makes us tick and by studying psychology, we can theorise on questions such as: how do children learn new behaviours, how do we create and store memories and are some people more likely to become criminals than others?

During lessons, students will use discussion, research and reading to understand the everyday choices that individuals make and you will even carry out your own investigations to explore numerous explanations of behaviour including analysing factors influencing individuals’ obedience and how our brains work differently to make us individuals. You will begin to appreciate some of the difficulties with being able to identify and treat abnormal behaviour covering a range of mental health problems, from phobias to depression.

Sixth Form

Course Content

Year 12 Topics

Topic 1: Social Psychology

Topic 2: Cognitive Psychology

Topic 3: Biological Psychology

Topic 4: Learning Theories

Topic 9: Psychological Skills


Year 13 Topics

Topic 5: Clinical Psychology

Topic 6: Criminological Psychology

Topic 9: Psychological Skills


Assessment

Students will be assessed throughout the two years using essay practice as well as end of topic assessments. These assessments are linked to the Edexcel A-Level assessment framework using specimen or past exam papers. Year 12 students complete a mock exam in the summer term and Year 13 have two sets of mock exams in order to prepare them for their final external exams in their summer term.

Useful links

Key Stage 5 – A Level Psychology

Extra curricular opportunities

Psychology Club – ages 14+

Who to contact if you want further information
Miss L Kerr and Mr J Stafford