Psychology is the science of human behaviour and experience. Psychologists aim to find out about human behaviour by conducting research to understand and explain thought and emotion. Both the A level and GCSE courses introduce students to the broad range of Psychology topics. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.
Key Stage 4
|Term||Year 10||Year 11|
|1||Memory, Research Methods||Social influence, Language, Thought & Communication|
|2||Perception, Research Methods||Brain & Neuropsychology, Psychological Problems|
|3||Development, Research Methods||Revision|
Students will sit two examinations at the end of Year 11, each 1 hour 45 minutes long. Each examination is comprised of a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. The content from Year 10 is assessed in Paper 1 and the content from Year 11 is assessed in Paper 2.
Key Stage 5
|Term||Year 12||Year 13|
|1||Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Attachment, Research Methods||Research Methods, Biopsychology, Schizophrenia|
|2||Psychopathology, Memory, Research Methods||Cognition & Development, Forensic Psychology, Issues & Debates|
|3||Social Influence, Humanistic and Psychodynamic Approaches||Revision|
Psychology A level is a linear qualification, which means that students will sit three examinations at the end of Year 13 to gain the A level certificate. Students may sit both AS examinations in Year 12 and A level examinations, but only those taken at the end of the two years will count towards their final A level grade. Students can gain an AS qualification if they leave the course at the end of Year 12. The two AS level examinations last 90 minutes each, both consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. The three A level examinations, which assess all content covered in both Year 12 and Year 13, last two hours each and consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.