Psychology

Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviour.  Psychology incorporates methodological and theoretical approaches from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities and psychological knowledge is applied to understanding many different spheres of human activity.  Psychology attempts to understand the role of mental functions in both individuals and groups, while also exploring the physiological and neurobiological processes that underlie certain functions and behaviours.  Concepts such as perception, cognition, attention, emotion, brain functioning, personality, behaviour, relationships and mental health problems are explored.  According to the British Psychological Society, Psychologists are involved in a wide variety of settings from clinical, counselling, and education; to university psychology departments (undertaking scientific research on a wide range of topics related to mental processes and social behaviour and/or teaching such knowledge to students; to industrial and organisational settings, and in other areas such as human development and aging, sports, health, the media, law, and forensics. 

The Course: Year 12
Specification: AQA Specification

Approaches to Psychology.
Memory processes and memory improvement.
The Attachment relationship between young children and caregivers.
Conformity and Obedience to authority.
Causes and treatments of psychological abnormality.
How psychological methods are carried out.

The Course: Year 13
Specification: AQA Specification

Approaches to Psychology.
3 topics from Relationships/Gender/Eating Behaviour/Addictive Behaviour/Schizophrenia.
Biopsychology (including neural mechanisms).
Understanding and practice of scientific method.
The debates surrounding the causes of human behaviour e.g Nature? Or nurture? A result of free will? Or determined by internal and external forces?
Ethics and bias in research.

Skills

  • Using scientific methods to carry out investigations.
  • Analysis, evaluation and application of research.
  • Interpreting scientific data and research.
  • Design and conduct of research.


Examinations
Standalone AS: Two equally weighted 1 hour and 30 minute exams which include multiplechoice,
short answer and extended writing.
A Level: Three equally weighted 2 hour exams which multiple choice, short answer and extended
writing
 

For further details please contact Mrs Kirke

Psychology Teachers:

Mrs S Kirke
Miss E Findlay