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Psychology

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WELCOME TO Psychology

This subject bridges the arts and sciences. While using methods of scientific investigation to tackle questions in Psychology on human behaviour students will develop the ability to use and interpret data. This subject will also develop essay writing skills and the ability to analyse and evaluate information.

Key stage 4

Unit B541: Studies and Applications in Psychology 1

(40% of GCSE, assessed by a 1 hour 15 mins written exam)

Biological Psychology: • Sex and gender

Cognitive Psychology: • Memory

Developmental Psychology: • Attachment

Social Psychology: • Obedience

Individual Differences: • Abnormal behaviour

Unit B542: Studies and Applications in Psychology 2

(40% of GCSE, assessed by a 1 hour 15 mins written exam)

Biological Psychology: • Criminal behaviour

Cognitive Psychology: • Perception

Developmental Psychology: • Cognitive development

Social Psychology: • Non-verbal communication

Individual Differences: • The self

Unit B543: Research in Psychology

(20% of GCSE, assessed by a 1 hour written exam)

Planning research

Doing research

Analysing research

Planning an investigation

The course is assessed by 100% examinations with no coursework element. Due to the high level of written communication and data analysis required, students should be achieving a minimum of level 5a in both English and Maths by the end of Year 9 in order to be successful on this course.

Key Stage 5

The Year 12 course is 50% of the total A-level in which there are two exams.

Research Methods-50% of the AS.

Candidates learn about the research methods psychologists use to investigate behaviour- methodology, sampling, ethics, types of data, analysing results and inferential statistics.

Psychological themes through core studies- 50% of the AS.

Candidates study central areas of investigation in psychology organised into themes. Each key theme is supported by a classic and contemporary study which will be learnt in depth. Candidates will also have an understanding of the perspectives and debates surrounding contemporary psychology and an appreciation of practical application of their knowledge.

The Year 13 course is 50% of the total A-level in which there are two exams, G543 (50%) and G544 (50%).

G543: Options in Psychology

Health and Clinical Psychology:

Healthy living, Stress, Dysfunctional behaviour, Disorders.

Forensic Psychology:

Turning to Crime, Making a Case, Reaching a Verdict, After a Guilty Verdict.

The unit is worth 50% of the A2, and 25% of the entire A-Level.

G544: Approaches and Research Methods in Psychology

Research methodology, where candidates are required to design a practical project and structured synoptic questions on approaches, perspectives, methods, issues and debates.

The unit is worth 50% of the A2, and 25% of the entire A-Level.

Entry requirements:

Minimum of 5 GCSE’s A*-C.

To include a minimum of English Language C; English Literature C; Maths C; Triple, Core or Additional Science C. If taken as a GCSE option, Psychology C. You do not need to have studied Psychology at GCSE to take this course but an interest is essential.

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

Students have visited the Who am I? Exhibition at the Science Museum and Derren Brown at the Mayflower.

Staff

Miss K Clark (Co-ordinator of Psychology)

Mrs L Burrows (Psychology Teacher)

Mr C Jeffery (Psychology Teacher)