Mrs Jane Fletcher
What do students study?
Psychology is the scientific study of how our brain functions and why we behave the way we do. Psychologists formulate theories, test hypotheses and analyse the findings with statistical techniques that help them identify important findings about human behaviour. Psychology contributes to many different disciplines and is valuable in many different careers. The subject is categorised as a science subject, not humanities or social science.
Students have the opportunity to conduct some fun experiments and participate in trips linked to specific areas of the course. By the end of the course, students have developed a critical approach to scientific methods, evidence and theories, and a knowledge and understanding of how psychology works and its role in society. They also develop oral, visual and written communication, and problem solving skills.
Students will study the following topics:
- Cognitive Psychology: memory, eye-witness testimony, cognitive interviews, memory improvement strategies
- Developmental Psychology: attachment in childhood, effects of deprivation and privation, research into the impact of day care
- Biological Psychology: stress, biological responses, physical responses, treatments and therapies
- Social Psychology: social influence, obedience, conformity, social change
- Individual Differences: psychopathology (abnormality): psychological approaches to mental disorders, treatments and therapies
- Scientific research and the scientific method
In Year 13, students study the following topics:
- Psychopathology: Schizophrenia – theories and treatments
- Psychology in Action: anomalistic psychology – study of the paranormal, psychic healing, superstition and coincidence etc.
- Psychological research and scientific method
- Topics in Psychology: biological rhythms and sleep, perception, eating behaviour
How are students assessed?
The exam board is AQA.
Two 1½ hour exams in June accounting in total for 50% of the final mark.
One 1½ hour exam and one 2 hour exam accounting in total for 50% of the final mark.
Contact Mrs Anne Reeves for further information"