PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is a popular A-Level subject with students achieving excellent results in the subject. Psychology is the science of human mind and behaviour and a wide range of topics are covered throughout course.

In Year 12 students learn about: Memory, attachment, research methods, psychopathology, social influence, approaches and biopsychology.

In Year 13 there is a choice of topics, recent topics have included: schizophrenia, aggression, relationships and gender. The lessons involve a range of activities including: carrying out and analysing small scale research projects, debates and group work.

Key Stage 5  
Exam Board (to include details of exam) AQA  A-Level Psychology

The AQA specification is followed and Psychology A-Level is assessed by examinations at the end of the two year course. There are three units which are assessed separately in two hour exams.

Course Content The course covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods
  • Issues and Debates in Psychology

There is a choice of topic for Paper 3, recent topics include:

  • Relationships
  • Aggression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Gender
Useful Subject & Revision Websites www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/psychology
www.aqa.org.uk  for access to past papers and mark schemes.
Exam Success Students perform very well at A-Level Psychology.  A high number of students achieve the top grades. Psychology A-Level has a high progression rate onto Psychology degrees with past students currently studying for Psychology degrees at a range of universities.
Subject  
Contribution to SMSC Different psychological perspectives are examined (biological, cognitive, behavioural & psychodynamic) all perspectives have different beliefs regarding behaviour.

Social Influence is a topic in Year 12 which examines social change and how minorities influence societies over time, for example looking at how the Suffragette movement was successful and other real life examples. This topic allows students to consider social issues including their own role in social change.

Moral issues are considered when examining psychological research, for example ethical issues in psychological research and how decisions are reached as to whether research is morally justified.

Psychology encourages students to consider others in the wider society and how lives are affected by issues such as mental illness and addictions.

Students also gain insight into different cultures and beliefs through examining cross-cultural research and looking at different values and beliefs across cultures. Topics include: love and relationships in different cultures; differences in attachments and differences in views of mental health across cultures.

Subject  
Contribution to Wider Curriculum (if appropriate) Psychology A-Level helps to build students’ literacy skills as there is a strong emphasis on essay writing throughout the course. Within the lessons students are taught strategies to develop their essay writing skills, for example through using the PEEL structure to develop their points.

The subject also has a strong scientific basis and so helps to develop students’ mathematical and scientific abilities. Students develop their ability to analyse and interpret numerical and graphical data which is a transferable skill which will assist in other subjects such as Geography and Science.

Subject Club After school revision and catch up sessions provided

Psychology related books are provided in the school library and are promoted to all students.

Extra-Curricular Recent extra-curricular visits include a visit to London Zoo for a phobia workshop as phobias are covered in the A-Level specification. There have also been visits to local universities for master classes on a range of topics which link to the specification. Psychology Open Days have also been attended which develop students’ knowledge of Psychology at degree level as well as allowing students to experience examples of Psychology research being conducted at universities.