Psychology at KS5

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Course ID
AQA 7182
Faculty
Social Sciences
Department
Psychology
Level
Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)
Head of Faculty
J. David
Head of Department
T. Peynado

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychology is a very exciting subject because it takes students to the leading edge of modern research developments. It investigates many interesting questions: How did the Holocaust happen? What is the difference between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ people? Why do some people develop eating disorders?

The study of Psychology requires flexibility and the ability to explore doubt and uncertainty. Psychology develops independence of mind and by developing a whole range of academic skills, prepares students for the transition to higher education. Psychology makes connections between different academic subjects. It teaches very valuable skills such as how to analyse research evidence with a critical eye, develop clear writing skills and discuss and debate complex psychological ideas. The subject involves designing scientific research models, interpreting, analysing and evaluating data. Studying will share ideas and work in a team with others. To enjoy Psychology, students must be flexible and be prepared to tolerate doubt and uncertainty. Psychology develops independence of mind and prepares students for the transition to higher education.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 12

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Research methods. End of unit assessment.
Autumn 2 Memory.
Social Influence.
Memory: End of unit assessment; 2 x in class timed exam question. Social Influence: End of unit assessment; 2 x in class timed exam question.
Spring 1 Attachment.
Biopsychology.
Approaches in Psychology.
Attachment: End of unit assessment; 2 x in class timed exam question. Approaches in Psychology and Biopsychology: End of unit assessment; 2 x in class timed exam question.
Spring 2 Psychopathology.
Research Methods.
Psychopathology: End of unit assessment; 2 x in class timed exam question.
Summer 1 Research methods project. In class presentation.
Summer 2 Issues and debates. End of unit assessment.

 

Year 13

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Biopsychology
Forensics
Biopsychology. End of unit Assessment. 2 x in class timed exam question. Forensics. 2 x in class timed exam question.
Autumn 2 Forensics
Schizophrenia
Paper One Mock examination.
Paper Two Mock examination.
Spring 1 Issues and Debates
Gender
2 x in class timed exam question. 2 x in class timed exam question.
Spring 2 Issues and Debates
Gender
End of unit assessments.
Summer 1 Revision. Mock examination Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3.
Summer 2 ‘A’ Level Examination. ‘A’ Level Examination.

 

Extended Learning

Year 12

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Seneca Learning; Tutor2u; AQA Specification Psychology; Simply Psychology. AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 (Cara Flanagan); Illuminate Publishing Journals of key studies from the specification. Documentaries of case studies within the specification; Freud Museum, Finchley; University open lectures.  

 

Year 13

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Seneca Learning; Tutor2u; AQA Specification Psychology; Simply Psychology. AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 (Cara Flanagan); Illuminate Publishing Journals of key studies from the specification. Documentaries of case studies within the specification; Freud Museum, Finchley; University open lectures.