Psychology

Key Stage 5

Psychology is the science of human behaviour. In this subject we investigate human memory and attachment relationships. We assess the stress response and its effects on the body. We discuss social influence and what makes some people more obedient than others. We will also delve into the world of mental illness and mental health issues – and all this is just at AS level!

If you find human behaviour interesting and if you like to discuss and debate ideas then Psychology is an ideal choice. Psychology A level will develop your understanding of human behaviour, it will enhance your critical mind whilst also adding to your essay writing and literacy skills. You will learn how to present a good argument and hone your scientific skills.

Psychology will help you in any career that involves working with people. From the police force to retail to journalism, psychology can give you that extra insight that can support whichever occupation you’re interested in.

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The aims and objectives for Psychology at Helsby Sixth Form

AS and A Level courses based on this specification should encourage candidates to:
• Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject
• Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
• Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works
• Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.

The units of assessment – Summary of the AQA specification

AS Course (Year 12) (Course code 7181)

Paper 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology

• 50% of the total AS marks
• 1 hour 30 minutes
• Structured compulsory questions based on social influence, attachment and memory
• Questions include short answer, stimulus material and at least one 12-mark question requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context

• 50% of the total AS marks
• 1 hour 30 minutes
• Structured compulsory questions based on approaches in psychology including biopsychology, psychopathology and research methods
• Questions include short answer, stimulus material and at least one 12-mark questions requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.

All year 12 psychology students will be entered for the AS external exams which take place in May. The AS course exams do not count as part of your overall A2 results, but they will inform your A2 predicted grades.

A2 Course (Year 13) (Course code 7182)

Paper 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology

• 2 hours
• Structured compulsory questions based on social influence, attachment, memory and psychopathology
• Questions include short answer, stimulus material and at least one 12-mark question requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context

• 2 hours
• Structured compulsory questions based on approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods
• Questions include short answer, stimulus material and at least one 12-mark questions requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.

Paper 3 – Issues and Options

• 2 hours
• Structured compulsory questions based on issues and debates, relationships, addiction and stress
• Questions include short answer, stimulus material and at least one 12-mark questions requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.

Exam Specification

The exam specification can be found by clicking on the following link:
• http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/psychology/specifications/AQA-7181-7182-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF

The Psychology Department Staff

Mrs Barrett is the lead psychology teacher and teaches all aspects of the AS and A2 level course. Mrs Barrett also teaches R.E. and PSHCE. She has been at Helsby High School for nine years.

Mrs Ingman brings a wealth of knowledge from across a variety of Social Science subjects as Mrs Ingman also teaches R.E. and Sociology. She has been at Helsby for six years.