|Mr Weston||Head of Psychology|
Our vision in psychology is to promote and develop students’ knowledge, understanding and curiosity of human behaviour. The curriculum teaches students to apply theories and approaches to a variety of topics including attachment, schizophrenia and forensic psychology. In addition to this, the psychology curriculum develops a range of skills which can be utilised in a wide variety of careers and future pathways. Skills developed include; critical thinking, data handling, analytical and evaluative skills. Whatever route students follow after college, the psychology curriculum provides a platform for higher education, apprenticeships or employment.
Key Stage 5
The psychology course develops students’ knowledge of psychological concepts and their abilities to use handle data, understand statistics and analytical and evaluation techniques.
All external assessments take place at the end of year two during the summer examinations. Each topic is weighted and examined equally apart from research methods which is the equivalent of two topics and can be applied in all exams as well as in paper two.
Paper one involves introductory topics in psychology including social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology.
Paper two focuses on psychology in context including approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods.
Paper three contains the core topic issues and debates and the options topics including relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology.