Psychology

Psychology is the ‘study of human behaviour’ and it is a very popular A Level at the school.   Psychology is the scientific study of the individual, their behaviour and the physical and mental processes that control their actions. Psychologists ask questions about how the individual behaves in certain situations and tries to explain why people act in this way and if appropriate find ways to help people change their behaviour.  Some of the areas we look at are: why do some people suffer from mental illness?  Does the media influence the way in which we behave?  Why are people aggressive?  Does it affect children if their parents work and they go to day care?  What happens to the body when we are stressed?  How can we treat schizophrenia?  Why do we marry people of a similar attractiveness to ourselves?

Throughout this course, students learn about many great psychologists, about the various different approaches to psychology that exist, and about a wide range of psychological research that has been carried out.

Curriculum

A Level Psychology (Years 12 and 13): (Exam Board: AQA)
 
At A Level, students follow the AQA A syllabus which offers them the opportunity to study a range of topics and issues within psychology.  It provides students with a strong base of psychological knowledge, which they can then develop further at degree level if they chose to study psychology or related fields at university.
 
The topics that students cover in Year 12 are:
 
  • Social psychology
  • Memory
  • Developmental psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods
  • Biopsychology
The topics that students cover in Year 13 are:
 
  • Aggression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Relationships
  • Issues and Debates
  • Approaches
This subject will suit students that are studying towards other social science subjects such as sociology and health and social care. It also compliments biology and mathematics.  The course requires students to demonstrate a combination of English, mathematics and science skills.  They are required to understand and apply scientific concepts, manipulate statistics and complete simple equations, and complete extended writing and essay tasks. Therefore, being comfortable reading and assimilating information is essential, as well as being able to express their ideas and communicate well in writing.  Students will need a minimum of a C grade in GCSE English and B grades in science and mathematics to study this A Level.
 

Department Staff

Miss Esland (Curriculum Leader)


Excursions, Trips and other interesting projects

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Homework and assignments

Key Stage 5: Students will be set on average three to five hours per week. This may involve independent research, completing exam questions / essays, producing presentations and making notes.

Past Examination Results

A Level results – Summer 2016:  A*-B – 17% A*-C – 58%, A-E - 100%

                      

Useful Websites and Resources

Course textbook: ‘Psychology AS for AQA A’ by Cardwell,