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The understanding of Psychology is key to helping us understand everyday life. 

Psychology is both an applied and a theoretical subject and can be utilised in a number of ways.  Whilst, as a subject, we study previous experiments, we also look at the most up to date research and assess how the results of these studies can have significant applications in daily life.

This knowledge helps us to get motivated, improve our leadership skills, learn to understand others, improve our memory and have a better understanding of ourselves.

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour.  It is an academic discipline and an applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups.  It is the science of human and animal behaviour and the sum or characteristics of their mental states and processes.

 

 

 

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Teaching

The Psychology department can be described as small, but rapidly growing.  During lessons, students are encouraged to become independent thinkers whilst at the same time promoting group collaboration as Psychology is a subject where debating is encouraged. 

Schemes of work ensure that learning is structured and each topic is given adequate time to be explored in detail, to enable a thorough understanding of the subject.

Classes

Psychology is a grammar stream subject.  There are 2 one hour lessons for KS3 and KS4.  There are 5 one hour lessons for KS5.  Additionally, we offer Psychology support sessions once a week, for one hour, to students in years 11, 12 and 13.

Homework

Homework is set half termly. 

Case studies we look at in Psychology

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KS3/KS4

Aims of the course

  • Psychology aims to develop enthusiastic and motivated learners by looking into topics which are interesting and relevant to everyday life.
  • The subject uses diverse skills which students can apply to all areas of life.

General Description

The Psychology course offers an insight into the reasons behind people's behaviour.  The Specification is split into two modules:  Studies and Applications in Psychology 1 and Studies and Applications in Psychology 2.  The exam questions are a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and 13-mark essay questions. The topics intend to broaden students' knowledge and understanding of others' expectations and behaviour.  The aim of the course is to develop learners who are intrigued and motivated, to enable them to analyse everyday events and use a range of cross curricular techniques to investigate and understand why they happen.

Assessment

Written examinations 100%

Studies and Applications in Psychology 1 (Exam 50% 1 hour and 30 minutes - 90 marks)

Topics include:

  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Development (Cognitive)
  • Psychological Problems (Mental Health - Schizophrenia and Depression)
  • Research Methods

Studies and Applications in Psychology 2 (Exam 50% 1 hour and 30 minutes - 90 marks)

Topics include:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Sleep and Deaming
  • Research Methods


Future Opportunities

This course offers a great opportunity to gain a highly regarded qualification whilst developing skills in an interesting and exciting way. The psychology course encourages learners to be analytical and methodical, which transfers to many other subjects such as Science, Maths and English. The GCSE course also creates a good foundation for A' level study.

Year 11

Aims of the course

  • Psychology aims to develop enthusiastic and motivated learners by looking into topics which are interesting and relevant to everyday life.
  • The subject uses diverse skills which students can apply to all areas of life.

General Description

The Psychology course offers an insight into the reasons behind people's behaviour.  The Specification is split into three modules:  Studies and Applications in Psychology 1; Studies and Applications in Psychology 2; Research Methods.  These topics intend to broaden students' knowledge and understanding of others' expectations and behaviour.  The aim of the course is to develop learners who are intrigued and motivated, to enable them to analyse everyday events and use a range of cross curricular techniques to investigate and understand why they happen.

Assessment

Written examinations 100%

Unit 1 - Studies and Applications in Psychology 1 (Exam 40% 1 hour and 15 minutes. The exam questions are a mixture
of multiple choice, short answer and 13-mark essay questions)

Topics include:

  • Sex and Gender
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Obedience
  • Atypical Behaviour (Phobias)

Unit 2 - Studies and Applications in Psychology 2 (Exam 40% 1 hour and 15 minutes. The exam questions are a mixture
of multiple choice, short answer and 13-mark essay questions)

Topics include:

  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Perception
  • Cognition
  • Non-Verbal communication
  • The Self (Humanistic theory)

Unit 3 - Research Methods (Exam 20% 1 hour)

Topics include:
  • Planning
  • Investigation
  • Analysis


Future Opportunites

This course offers a great opportunity to gain a highly regarded qualification whilst developing skills in an interesting and exciting way. The psychology course encourages learners to be analytical and methodical, which transfers to many other subjects such as Science, Maths and English. The GCSE course also creates a good foundation for A-level study.

Syllabus details:  OCR (Code J611 from 2012)

Textbook:

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OCR GCSE Psychology 
Student Book ISBN-13: 9780435807702
Series:  OCR GCSE Psychology
Publisher:  Pearson Education Limited
Imprint:  Heinemann
Publication date:  11 May 2009 (Pages 192)

KS5

GCE Psychology A' Level

Exam Board AQA
Entry requirements Five or more GCSE qualifications at C or above, preferably with a B in Mathematics, Science and English.
Length of course One year to gain an AS Level qualification.  Two years to gain the full A' Level qualification.


Course description

Psychology is the study of the mind and brain and explores people's behaviour within different settings, including education, crime and neglect.  Within the first year the course explores the environmental effects on people's minds and behaviour by studying topics such as Conformity, Memory and Attachment.

The second year focuses on issues and debates in Psychology by studying topics such as approaches in Psychology and also biopsychology and abnormal behaviour.  The aim of the course is to enhance students' application of knowledge and skills in critical thinking, evaluation and analysis.  If you are interested in finding out the way the brain works and its exceptional ability to cope and adapt to varying situations, then Psychology is the course for you.

Students are required to sit exams at the end of the Year One, before progressing into Year Two, as this course can be sat as a standalone As qualification.

Progression routes

The qualification is suitable for candidates intending to pursue any career in which an understanding of human nature is needed.  The qualification is also suitable for any further study in social sciences, or as part of a course of general education.  There is an emphasis on research skills and enquiry in order to enable the candidate to progress into higher levels of education.  The specification therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Psychology and/or related courses in higher education.

Lesson structure

The course is delivered over five periods a week, where the students will work their way through the course structure using and enhancing their analysis and evaluation skills.  In addition students will have independent study time where they are expected to complete and extend their work.

Assessment

YEAR 1

There are two papers.  Each paper is 1.5 hours and 72 marks in total.  Answers are either multiple choice, short answer or extended writing.
 

Paper One : Introductory Topics in Psychology

Each section is worth 24 marks.  All questions are compulsory.

Section A:  Social Influence
Section B:  Memory
Section C:  Attachment

Paper Two:  Psychology in Context

Each section is worth 24 marks.  All questions are compulsory.

Section A:  Approaches in Psychology
Section B:  Psychopathology
Section C:  Research methods

YEAR 2

There are three papers.  Each paper is 2 hours and 96 marks in total.  Each paper is worth 33.3% of the final A Level mark.  Answers are either multiple choice, short answer or extended writing.

Paper One : Introductory Topics in Psychology

Each section is worth 24 marks.  All questions are compulsory.

Section A:  Social Influence
Section B:  Memory
Section C:  Attachment
Section D:  Psychopathology
 

Paper Two:  Psychology in Context

Section A and B are worth 24 marks.  Section C is worth 48 marks.  All questions are compulsory.

Section A:  Approaches in Psychology
Section B:  Biopsychology
Section C:  Research methods


Paper Three:  Issues and Options in Psychology

Each section is worth 24 marks.  Section A is compulsory.  Sections B, C and D contain three topics and students select one from each.

Section A:  Issues and debates in Psychology
Section B:  Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development
Section C:  Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress
Section D:  Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction


Syllabus details:  AQA (Code 7181/7182 - from 2015)

Textbooks: Psychology A Level Year 1 and AS Textbook image AQA Psychology textbook image Psychology A Level Year 2 textbook image AQA Psychology Year 2 textbook image

1)

The complete Companions: AQA Psychology Year 1 and AS
Student Book ISBN-13:  9780198338642
Publisher:  Oxford University Press
Imprint:  Oxford University Press
Publication date:  12 March 2015
Edition:  Edition Number 4 (Revised Pages 248)

2)

AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 and AS
Student Book ISBN-13:  9781908682406
Publisher:  Illuminate Publishing
Imprint:  Illuminate Publishing
Publication date:  23 March 2015 (Pages 240)

3)

The Complete Companions:  AQA Psychology for A Level Year 2
Student Book ISBN-13:  9781908682413
Publisher:  Illuminate Publishing
Imprint:  Illuminate Publishing
Publication date:  11 April 2016 (Pages 416)

4)

The complete Companion for AQA Psychology A Level Year 2
Student Book ISBN-13:  9780198338680
Publisher:  Oxford University Press
Imprint:  Oxford University Press
Publication date:  24 March 2016
Edition:  Edition Number 4 (Revised Pages 360)


Future Opportunities

This course offers a great opportunity to gain a highly regarded qualification whilst developing skills in an interesting and exciting way.  The Psychology course encourages learners to be analytical and methodical, which transfers to many other subjects such as Science, Maths and English.  The GCSE course also creates a good foundation for A Level study.  Psychology can form the basis of many career paths, as the skills gained from this subject would provide a platform for everyday working practice and procedures in many different professions.  Careers that could be accessed include:  Law, Nursing, Teaching, Mental Health, Human Resources and the Police Force.

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