Psychology is a popular subject choice at A Level as it is an alternative and closely related to the traditional science subjects including Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Psychology is also attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace
Lessons will include a combination of note taking, reading, independent research, replication of key psychological investigations, class/ group discussions, essay writing and exam practice. Students will be taught content through a mixture of teacher delivered lessons, individual research and application of knowledge. There will be a balance of teacher and student input. Students are expected to take ownership of their learning and time will be set aside in the lesson for annotation and individual work. Students will also be encouraged to work in small groups or in pairs to share their ideas prior to whole class discussion.
We currently complete the AQA programme of study. The course includes 2 linear qualifications the AS level and A level.
AS Psychology involves 2 units (papers) examining students’ knowledge, understanding, analytical and evaluative skills of the following topics: Attachments; Social Influence; Psychopathology; Approaches in Psychology and Psychological Investigations.
A Level Psychology involves 3 units (papers) examining students’ knowledge, understanding, analytical and evaluative skills of the following topics: Attachments; Social Influence; Psychopathology; Approaches in Psychology; Psychological Investigations; Biopsychology; Issues and Debates in Psychology; Relationships; Schizophrenia and Aggression.