PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is a course students enjoy studying as we give you the opportunity to debate, explain and analyse the behaviour of others around us both locally and globally. Throughout your study of Psychology you will learn about the influences of our biology and society on human behaviour. You will learn how to design and carry out your own research to help explain the world that you live in.


Department Staff

Mr S Rudd – Head of Psychology


Curriculum Intent

GCSE and A Level Psychology students will acquire detailed knowledge of relevant psychological theories, studies and historical events relating to the continuing development of psychology as a science. Furthermore, students will develop critical thinking skills as they evaluate the appropriateness and applicability of psychological theories to real life. Additionally, students will develop key research skills, such as how to design, implement and analyse a psychological research study ethically. In addition, students will further develop their essay writing, discussion and debating skills through the completion of long answer exam questions. These skills are key to success at university and future employment, particularly when completing future dissertations or research for employers.


AS and A Level AQA

AS Level AQA

Paper 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology – 50%

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context – 50%


A Level AQA

Paper 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology – 33.3%

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context – 33.3%

Paper 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology – 33.3%


Facilities

We are a well-resourced department with a fully equipped dedicated teaching room.


Enrichment

Drop-in support and revision sessions are offered to students throughout the year. In addition we are developing links with local universities and offer visits and trips to conferences when relevant to the content taught.


Useful Subject Links

AS and A level Psychology

Specification at a glance - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182/specification-at-a-glance


Simply Psychology – A fantastic revision resource - https://www.simplypsychology.org/


3D Brain - http://www.brainfacts.org/3D-Brain


The Psych Files – Hundreds of podcasts on key areas of psychology - https://thepsychfiles.com/


British Psychological Society – Interested in a career in Psychology, look through this website to find out the qualifications you will need for certain careers in Psychology - https://www.bps.org.uk/


The Psychologist – Modern day psychological research - https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/