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Psychology

 

Department Information

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context. Students have the opportunity to learn how to analyse arguments and evidence, test hypotheses and make informed judgements – all skills valued by Higher Education institutions and employers.

Entry Requirements A Grade 6 or above in English Language and a Grade 6 or above in a Science subject is preferred.

 

Key Stage 5

We offer two courses at Level 3 - A Level and BTec Applied Psychology.

 

A Level Psychology

This course looks at Biopsychology, Gender Development, Social Influence, Anxiety Disorders, Cognition and the Law, Child Development and Research Methodology. The specification is with the AQA Exam board.

 

Year 12

Unit 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology – students will study explanations of conformity, types of conformity and minority influence. Students will learn about types of Memory and how attachment theory can be discussed in relation to children. Assessment – 1 hour 15 minute Examination

Unit 2 – Psychology in Context – In this paper students will consider approaches in psychology and behavioural characteristics known as psychopathology. Assessment – 1 hour 30 minute Examination

Year 13

Unit 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology – Students will follow the same topics as in Unit 1 , Year 12. Assessment – 2 hour Examination

Unit 2 – Psychology in Context - In this paper students will consider approaches in psychology and behavioural characteristics known as psychopathology. Also students will look at a variety of research methods used by Psychologists in their research. This ranges from survey construction to analysis of statistical data. Assessment – 2 hour Examination.

Unit 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology – in this paper students consider psychological debates such as nature versus nurture, Eating Behaviour and Relationships. Assessment – 2 Hour Examination.

Year 12

Year 13

Unit 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology

Unit 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology

Unit 2 – Psychology in Context

Unit 2 – Psychology in Context

 

Unit 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology

 

BTec Applied Psychology

This course allows you study in order to understand people and gives you practical skills to use in real life.

Study includes:

The Human Mind and its functions (especially those affecting behaviour in a given context).

Analysis of arguments and evidence, testing hypotheses and making informed judgements - all skills valued by Higher Education institutions and employers.

 

Two Examinations

- Psychological Approaches. Why do we do what we do?

- Health Psychology. Exploring stress and depression etc.

 

Two Coursework Units

- Psychological Research

- Profiling a Criminal / Exploring a Psychopath