Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The AQA specifications will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. It builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects. The curriculum is inclusive - we look at cultural differences and bias across all topic areas, consider the role of the family and early development. Gender considers normal and atypical development along with understanding Gender Dysphoria. Stress and factors that influence the ability to cope with stress covers different personality types. Aggression considers social and psychological explanations along with the effects of prison. Psychopathology outlines relevant mental health conditions OCD, depression and phobias. These areas are extremely inclusive as we try to understand behaviour for all people not just some, regardless of age, gender and culture. Where there are differences these are explored and investigated to understand why.
Students are able to apply their understanding to themselves and the world around them. This makes the subject very engaging. We allow small pieces of research to be conducted at the end of year, enhancing practical skill learnt in psychology and other science and humanities subjects. The consideration of mental health disorders, stress, and other areas of current interest including gender and anti-social behaviour make the subject very relevant as it exposes them to other’s worlds and their experiences, building tolerance and respect along with a broad skill set needed for life and higher education.
Curriculum & Assessment
Revision conferences with all of the Year 13 Psychology students.