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Psychology

 

Year 9

The foundation year for year 9 is designed to inspire and engage students by providing a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study which develops an understanding of the ideas and values that characterise ‘self’ and others. Students will be equipped with a psychological literacy that enables them to apply their knowledge and skills in their everyday lives, including making informed decisions about further study and career choices.

There are a number of Cross curricular links in Year 9, which include, Science, Mathematics and Citizenship.

Year

Group 

 Term 1

 Term 2

Term 3 

 Term 4

 Term 5

Term 6 

9

Memory

Research Methods

Perception

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Holte offers GCSE Psychology. Psychology is a popular subject which is 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.

This qualification:

  • Provides a sound understanding of methods and approaches in Psychology at an introductory level
  • Illustrates these methods and approaches through various topic areas representing the core areas of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences
  • Develops investigation and report writing skills
  • Develops analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Encourages an appreciation of how science works
  • Provides a strong basis for progression to our A-level Psychology specifications

AQA Psychology GCSE

This is currently being delivered to years 10 and 11 pupils and will follow the new specification. This qualification will allow students to achieve level 9-1.

Year

Group 

 Term 1

 Term 2

Term 3 

 Term 4

 Term 5

Term 6 

 10

Development

Social Influence

Language, Thought & Communication

Research project

 11

Brain & Neuropsychology

Psychological problems

Revision

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

Each paper will be worth 50% of the overall grade. (100% exam)

Students will complete two written exams (1hour 45mins) at the end of Yr11:

Unit 1: Cognition & Behaviour (Assessed on content covered in Yr10)

Unit 2: Social Context & Behaviour (Assessed on content covered in Yr11)

Students will be assessed at the end of each topic covered and will have a mid-year assessment in January and an end of year assessment in June. The mid-year and end of year assessments will include all topics covered up until those dates.

Careers:

The wide skill set gained from studying psychology can lead to success in many different careers.

Careers directly linked to psychology: Clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, educational psychologist, health psychologist, occupational psychologist, sport and exercise psychologist.

Careers where psychology is useful: Advice worker, health worker, police officer, advertiser, manager, teacher, market researcher, teacher and many more.

Key stage 5

AQA Psychology - A-Level

The new AQA specification is currently being delivered to our A- Level students. It is a two year course and students will undertake 3 exams at the end of the second year. This qualification will allow students to achieve a grade A*- E.

The new AQA A-level qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students' transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. At A Level there is a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary Psychology.

Pupils will complete:

  1. Social influence (Year1)
  2. Memory (Year 1)
  3. Attachment (Year 1)
  4. Psychopathology (Year 1)
  5. Approaches in Psychology (Year 1)
  6. Biopsychology (Year 1)
  7. Research methods (Year 2)
  8. Issues and debates in Psychology (Year 2)
  9. Relationships (year 2)
  10. Schizophrenia (year 2)
  11. Aggression (year 2)

Year

Group 

 Term 1

 Term 2

Term 3 

 Term 4

 Term 5

Term 6 

12

Social Influence

Memory

Attachment

Psychopathology

Research Methods

Approaches

 13

Biopsychology

Issues & Debates

Relationships

Schizophrenia

Aggression

Revision

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

Assessment (100% exam)

Students will complete three papers at the end of year 2.

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology (Content 1-4), 2 hours (33.3%)

Paper 2: Psychology in context (Content 5-7), 2 hours (33.3%)

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology (Content 8-11), 2 hours (33.3%)

Homework

Each lesson, pupils will receive homework that is designed to extend and consolidate their knowledge in relation to the unit that they are studying at the time. This will vary and will include researching studies relevant to the course, applying their knowledge to real life situations and practising revision skills in order to prepare for the main assessments.

In addition to homework, pupils should also review and revisit previous content as part of their revision, throughout the year.

Literacy

Pupils will develop a number of literacy skills whilst studying Psychology. These will enable them to express critical analysis and information clearly, precisely, accurately and appropriately in

spoken and written communication. Some of the skills pupils will be required to develop are listed below;

  • form independent views and challenge what is heard or read on the grounds of

reason, evidence or argument

  • understand and use the conventions of written language, including grammar,

spelling and punctuation

  • explore questions, solve problems and develop ideas
  • engage with and make fresh connections between ideas, texts and words
  • experiment with language to create effects to engage the audience
  • reflect and comment critically on their own and others’ use of language.

Mathematics

Pupils will develop their numerical skills in Psychology in a number of ways. Some examples of the skills that they will develop are listed below;

  • translate information between graphical and numerical form
  • design and use data-collection sheets, including questionnaires, for grouped,

discrete or continuous data, process, represent, interpret and discuss the data

  • extract and interpret information from charts, graphs and tables
  • understand the idea of probability
  • Calculating and using averages
  • Graphs
  • Handling Data
  • Arithmetic and numerical computation

Resources that will help pupils extend their knowledge – Additional reading, websites, activities

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

Bailey, J, Willerton, J, Willson, J, Lund, N and Green, S (2008) Psychology A A2, Student Book, (Series Editor: Simon Green) ISBN 978-0-7487-9825-4

Gross, R (2005) Psychology of Mind, Science and Behaviour (5th edition) London:

Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 0-340-90098-9.

Simply Psychology – Sam McLeod’s A-Level Psychology Website

http://www.simplypsychology.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/index.html

Tutor2u – Videos to support student learning

https://www.tutor2u.net/psychology/blog/videos

SMSC

Psychology develops a wide range of SMSC skills, knowledge and understanding by focusing on the social impact of psychology on society and behaviours within society. This subject will enable pupils to explore their own development and encourage pupils to focus on developing an understanding of British society and the development and use of psychology within it.

Careers

The wide skill set gained from study psychology can lead to success in many different careers.

Careers directly linked to psychology: Clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, educational psychologist, health psychologist, occupational psychologist, sport and exercise psychologist.

Careers where psychology is useful: Advice worker, health worker, police officer, advertiser, manager, teacher, market researcher, teacher and many more.

Staff

Miss B Hussian

Mr R Soteriou

 

   
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