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Psychology

Subject: Psychology
Contact: Miss Britland

Overview  

Students can study Psychology as an option at both Key Stages 4 and 5. Throughout the Key Stages students study a wide variety of psychological topics from Social Influence to Psychopathology. The aim of Psychology as a subject is to broaden and deepen the student’s knowledge in describing what they know, applying their knowledge and analysing and evaluating the course specification content.

KS4

Overview

Once the students have chosen Psychology as an option they are taught for the first time in a psychological context. We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for Psychology 4180, examined at the end of Year 11. Psychology prepares students for these final exams with regular exam practice and opportunities to develop their research method skills throughout the course.

Students need to be confident in English with written skills and take an evaluative approach to answering questions.

The course is broken down to two areas ‘Making sense of other people’ and ‘Understanding other people’ both topics are compulsory.

Students are taught in 5 hours a fortnight.

Exam board and course

AQA Psychology 4180

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 10

A Memory

B Non – verbal Communication

C Development of Personality

D Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination

E Research Methods

Year 11

A Learning

B Social Influence

C Aggression

D Sex and Gender

E Further Research Methods

Assessment components

Paper 1: Making sense of other people

Paper 2: Understanding other people

What's assessed

Five sections ABCDE

What’s assessed

Five sections ABCDE

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 30

minutes

• 80 marks

15 marks ABCD sections

20 marks E research methods

• 50 % of GCSE

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 30

minutes

• 80 marks

15 marks ABCD sections

20 marks E research methods

• 50 % of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice 1 mark

Short answer 2- 3marks

Extended writing 4, 5, 6 marks

Questions

Multiple Choice 1 mark

Short answer 2-3 marks

Extended writing 4, 5, 6 marks

Enrichment opportunities

Chester Zoo Psychology Workshops

London Mental Health Exhibition and Freud museum

Useful websites to support learning