Psychology

Introduction

Introduction

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WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY?

“It’s all about thoughts and feelings… isn’t it?”

Simply put, psychology is the study of people, behaviour and the mind. It was reclassified as a science subject, and this is reflected in the curriculum.

It is a broad subject, with many different areas and a number of different approaches towards explaining behaviour. Not all psychologists agree with each other!

Psychologists observe human behaviour, create theories to explain the behaviour, and then carry out research to test these theories.

Studying psychology involves actively acquiring knowledge and understanding; thus some of learning experiences will include designing and conducting your own experiments, producing presentations, participating in debates and peer to peer teaching.

Ms A Elsmore Assistant Headteacher and HOD

Ms D Anand- Teacher

Contact Ms Elsmore for more info:

ame@ccfplus.com

 

Aims and enrichment

Aim

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of how psychology works and its essential role in society
  • Develop an ability to think and evaluate independently, and apply theories and research
  • Encourage development of transferable skills such as evaluation, questioning and debating skills

Enrichment

In the past we have run a number of successful trips to London Zoo, the Freud Museum and participated in Christmas Debates at the Royal College of Psychiatry.

Key stage 4

Key stage 4

We follow the OCR syllabus at KS4, which consists of 3 external exams at the end of the course.

Year 10

Attachment- This unit focuses on explanations of why children develop attachments to their parents.

Memory- We discover what is meant by the term memory; whether there are different types of memory and the factors that can affect the accuracy of memory.

Obedience- We will consider the situational and dispositional factors that affect obedience to authority figures

Phobias- In this unit we learn about how phobias develop and how psychological research can be used in behavioural therapy.

Sex & Gender- We consider what it means to be “masculine” and “feminine” and how these concepts impacts our everyday lives.

Year 11

Crime- In this unit we discover the problems of defining and measuring crime, whilst also investing the psychological and biological explanations for criminal behaviour.

Non-verbal communication – We consider the importance of body language and facial expressions when we are communicating and interacting with other people. We investigate whether we learn or are born with these abilities.

Perception – We investigate how we make sense and interpret our environment and whether our perception is instinctive or we need to use our past experiences.

Cognitive Development – This unit focuses on how and why our thinking and behaviour change from birth to our teenage years.

The self – We will discover the theory behind modern day counselling (humanistic theory) and discuss whether we are able to change our behaviour or we have fixed characteristics.

Research methods – We investigate and analyse one core piece of research in every unit in Year 10. We practice how psychologists collect data, and the effects it has on the reliability and validity of the data collected.

 http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-psychology-j611-from-2012/

OCR Website – Past papers, Examiner Reports, Specimen question papers and Mark schemes.

 http://www.simplypsychology.org/

A useful website filled with psychology articles.

http://www.holah.co.uk/page/home/

A good website for extra detail on research methods and key studies.

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level

Useful revision website.

Key stage 5

Key stage 5

We follow the AQA syllabus at KS5, which consists of 3 external exams at the end of Year 2. Furthermore there will be periodic internal exams throughout the course, and you will be entered for the AS exams at the end of Year 1.

Year 1 (Year 12)

  • Attachment: This unit focuses on explanations of why children develop attachments to their parents.
  • Memory: We discover what is meant by the term memory; the different types of memory and the factors that can affect the accuracy of memory.
  • Social psychology: This unit focuses on the affect being in a group has on our behaviour.
  • Approaches in psychology: Here we will discover the main ‘themes’ or ideas psychologist have about the mechanisms that govern human behaviour.
  • Psychopathology: This unit focuses on the different psychological explanations for abnormal and normal behaviour and how the different disciplines treat this behaviour.
  • Research methods: We practice how psychologists collect data, and the effects it has on the reliability and validity of the data collected.

Year 2 (Year 13)

We revisit the above Year 1 topics and additionally study:

  • Issues and debates: We will investigate key issues and debates that commonly occur in psychological research.
  • Relationships: Here we investigate the factors associated with sexual attraction and how relationships are maintained or breakdown.
  • Schizophrenia: We will discover how schizophrenia is classified and diagnosed, plus research the biological and psychological explanations of the disorder.
  • Aggression: This unit focuses on the biological, social and evolutionary explanations for aggressive behaviour.

Excellent A Level revision materials available from Loopa

A Level Psychology Revision

For further information regarding the course, and to view past papers please visit

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology

AQA Website – Past papers, Examiner Reports, Specimen question papers and Mark schemes.

http://www.resourcd.com

A website full of psychology revision resources. You will need to register.

http://www.holah.co.uk/page/home/

A good website for extra detail on research methods and key studies.

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level

Useful revision website.