Psychology

Psychology at KS5

Psychology is the science of human behaviour. It involves investigating how and why humans behave in the way that they do through considering scientific research and psychological theories. Psychology explores answers to key questions relating to human behaviour such as why some people suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, OCD and schizophrenia, how we are influenced by people around us, how our upbringing can impact on our later lives and why some people are more prone to developing addictions. Studying Psychology will help you develop a range of skills that will benefit you, whether you decide to go on to further study or the working world, including: analytical thinking , improved communication, problem solving, planning and conducting scientific investigations, analysing and interpreting data and critical reasoning skills.

Subject content

We follow the AQA A-Level specification for Psychology studying the following topics:

Year 1 Year 2
-Research methods

-Approaches in Psychology

-Social Influence

-Memory

-Attachment

-Psychopathology

-Issues and Debates

-Research methods continued

-Biopsychology

-Relationships

-Schizophrenia

-Addiction

 

Assessment

You will be assessed on three main objectives:

AO1: Knowledge and understanding Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures
AO2: Application

 

Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures: in a theoretical context, in a practical context, when handling qualitative data, when handling quantitative data.
AO3: Analysis and evaluation

 

 Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to: make judgements and reach conclusions, develop and refine practical design and procedures.

Students sit three exams at the end of the second year which cover the following:

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology (Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology)
It is worth 33.3% of the A level. This is a written paper, has a total of 96 marks & will last for 2hrs.
Paper 2: Psychology in context (Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods)
It is worth 33.3% of the A level. This is a written paper, has a total of 96 marks & will last for 2hrs.
Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology (Issues & Debates, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Addiction)
It is worth 33.3% of the A level. This is a written paper, has a total of 96 marks & will last for 2hrs.

Questions include multiple choice, short answer, stimulus material and at least one 12-mark question on each paper requiring extended writing.

Next steps

Psychology will help you in any career that involves working with people. Many students go on to study degrees in courses relating to Social Science such as mental health nursing, Psychology, Sociology, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Neuroscience etc.

Student quotes

‘Studying psychology has been really interesting and has made me view how people behave in a different way’
‘I have really enjoyed focusing on issues surrounding mental health’
‘The teachers provide us with lots of support’

Useful links

AQA specification and resources: aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology
Psychology resources: tutor2u.net/psychology
Psychology revision: simplypsychology.org/a-level-psychology

Department staff

Departmental Leader
Mr C Wheeler

Departmental teaching team
Mrs N Barrett
Mrs S Ingman
Miss H Squire