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Psychology Departmentt

  Name
Subject Leader Psychology Mrs D Long
Psychology Teachers Miss C Foreman
Mr T Daniell 
Mr G Mitchell

 

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.

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.

Course Details

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:  Cognition and Behaviour and Social context and Behaviour.  The exam questions are a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and 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.

Syllabus details: AQA (Code 8182)

Written examinations 100%

Paper One: Cognition and Behaviour (Exam 50%, 1 hour and 45 minutes - Each section is 25 marks, 100 marks total)

Topics include:

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research Methods

Paper Two: Social Context and Behaviour (Exam 50%, 1 hour and 45 minutes - Each section 25 marks, 100 marks total)

Topics include:

  • Social Influence
  • Language, Thought and Communication
  • Brain and Neuropsychology
  • Psychological Problems

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)

 


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)

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