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psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour.

 

Learning more about human thoughts and actions is essential to support future generations to flourish. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year in England. This has led the UK Government to invest resources in people. Public Health England launched a major new mental health campaign, called Every Mind Matters, in 2019. Studying Psychology, therefore, is vital to develop a genuine care, respect and support for all human life.

 

This qualification offers an engaging and effective, in-depth introduction to the fascinating world of psychology. Students will explore the reasons for human thought and behaviour and develop skills in research, application and critical analysis. Communication and independent research skills are also enhanced as we discuss current and engaging real-world dilemmas. As a result, students become very supportive lead learners who thrive working independently and with peers. Opportunities to undertake new ventures by planning projects investigating individuals and society creates initiative, with staff support readily available if needed. These aptitudes support our students to flourish in their future careers and lives.

 

To achieve a GCSE Psychology qualification students take two one-hour and 45-minute written exams at the end of Year 11, both worth 50% of the overall grade. The exam includes multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

 

Paper 1 Cognition and behaviour

  1. Memory: Different types of memory, how memories are encoded and stored, models of memory, reconstructive memory, factors affecting the accuracy of memory.
  2. Perception: The difference between sensation and perception, visual illusions, factors affecting perception.
  3. Development: Early brain development, stages of development, the effects of learning on development.
  4. Research methods: Research, data analysis, factors affecting research and data analysis.

 

Paper 2 Approaches in Psychology

  1. Social influence: Conformity, obedience, prosocial behaviour, crowd and collective behaviour.
  2. Language, thought and communication: The relationship between language and thought, the effect of language and thought on our view of the world, differences between human and animal communication, non-verbal communication.
  3. Brain and neuropsychology: Structure and function of the nervous system, neuron structure and function, structure and function of the brain, neuropsychology.
  4. Psychological problems: Introduction to mental health, mental health changes over time, effects of mental health on individuals and society, depression and addiction – explanations and interventions.

 

To review how the topics above are taught across the two-year GCSE course please download the Curriculum Map document at the bottom of this page.

 

Psychology is highly popular at GCSE, A level and at university. We teach Psychology A Level at OBA to support student progression from the GCSE course. Psychology can lead to many different career paths ranging from psychologist, teacher, child care practitioner, NHS worker, police officer and marketing and law-based work plus much more!

Links to course specification:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/psychology/specifications/AQA-8182-SP-2017.PDF

http://www.psychology4a.com/

www.bps.org.uk   

 

 

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AQA A Level Psychology  

Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour.

 

Learning more about human thoughts and actions is essential to support future generations to flourish. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year in England. This has led the UK Government to invest resources in people. Public Health England launched a major new mental health campaign, called Every Mind Matters, in 2019. Studying Psychology, therefore, is vital to develop a genuine care, respect and support for all human life.

 

This qualification offers an engaging and effective, in-depth insight in to the fascinating world of psychology. Students will explore the reasons for human thought and behaviour and develop skills in research, application and critical analysis. Communication and independent research skills are also enhanced as we discuss current and engaging real-world dilemmas. As a result, students become very supportive lead learners who thrive working independently and with peers. Opportunities to undertake new ventures by planning projects investigating individuals and society creates initiative, with staff support readily available if needed. These aptitudes support our students to flourish in their future careers and lives.

 

To achieve an A Level Psychology qualification students take three 2-hour written exams at the end of the second year, all worth 33.3% of the overall grade. The exams includes multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

 

Paper 1 Introductory topic in Psychology 

1. Social influence: Conformity, social roles, obedience, resistance to social influence, minority influence and social change.

2. Memory: Multi-store model of memory, types of long-term memory, the working model of memory, forgetting, eyewitness testimony, improving eyewitness testimony accuracy.

3. Attachment: Caregiver-infant interactions, stages of attachment, multiple attachments and the role of the father, animal studies, explanations of attachment, deprivation studies and how early attachment can impact later relationships.

4. Psychopathology: Abnormality, phobias, depression, OCD and treatments.

 

Paper 2 Approaches in Psychology

1. Approaches: Learning approaches, cognitive, biological, psychodynamic, humanistic approaches.

2. Biopsychology: Nervous system, neurons, endocrine system, fight or flight response, localisation of function in the brain, hemispheric lateralisation, how we study the brain, biological rhythms.

3. Research Methods: Scientific processes and techniques of data handling and analysis.

 

Paper 3 Issues and options in Psychology

1. Issues and debates in Psychology: Gender and culture bias, ethical issues, debates in psychology, approaches to psychological investigation.

2. Relationships: Partner preference, attraction, maintenance and breakdown of romantic relationships, different types of relationships.

3. Schizophrenia: Classification, explanations, therapies and treatments.

4. Forensic Psychology: Offender profiling, explanations of criminal behaviour and dealing with offending.

 

To review how the topics above are taught across the two-year A Level course please download the Curriculum Map document at the bottom of this page.

 

Psychology is highly popular at A level and at university. Psychology can lead to many different career paths ranging from psychologist, teacher, child care practitioner, NHS worker, police officer and marketing and law-based work plus much more!

Links to course specification:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/psychology/specifications/AQA-7181-7182-SP-2015.PDF

http://www.psychology4a.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe83jLdZ3PuqVwAHe6B3U2A/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=3

https://www.tutor2u.net/psychology

https://www.psychboost.com/

www.simplypsychology.org

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.bps.org.uk  

http://scholar.google.co.uk/

https://www.illuminatepublishing.com/revision-apps

Twitter: Follow the British Psychological Society (BPS) and BPS Research Digest