2018 - 2020
Course Content & Assessment
Psychology is a new and exciting subject for many of those who take it up in the Sixth Form. It is a collaboration of scientific methodology and theory in the study of five core components: Social, Cognitive, Physiological, Developmental and Individual Differences. We use these key approaches to study causes of behaviour based on historic and contemporary research from Psychologists.
If you are interested in Mental Health, Forensics / Crime, Sports Psychology alongside a range of other areas like Autism, Social Influence, the effect of Brain Structure and Phobias then this is a course for you.
We also look at the structure of scientific research, learn how to plan and carry out psychological research by formulating a hypothesis, collecting data, analysing data and coming to a conclusion. The skills and content taught on this A-Level course will help with further study at University and act as a guideline for when students carryout their own research on undergraduate courses. In Year 12 students will learn about five key approaches in Psychology including Cognitive, Developmental, Physiological, Social and Individual Differences and the Behaviourist and Psychodynamic perspectives. They will learn to describe the approach and evaluate these in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Students will also learn about key studies within the major approaches consisting of classic psychological investigations and contemporary psychological research. Students will learn to evaluate these and draw comparisons between these studies. Students will also learn about the process of carrying out psychological research and statistical analysis of findings as well as key ethical, theoretical and methodological considerations. In Year 13 students will focus on three major topics in Psychology – Mental Health, Sports and Exercise Psychology and Forensic Psychology. They will need to be able to describe key theories and pieces of research which have contributed to these areas. They will also need to discuss the limitations of these applications. Students will be assessed on a synoptic element; that of research methods and approaches.
Entry Criteria & Progression
Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Psychology
Route B: GCSE Grade 6 in Mathematics and English Language
Throughout the course of study candidates are encouraged to develop an awareness of the role of Psychology in society and its application to many situations and careers.
Many students go onto Undergraduate Degrees in Psychology, Criminology, Law, Sports Science and medicine to name few.
Careers in Research, Police, Legal System, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Business, HR, Medicine, Mental Health Nursing, Sports Science/ Physiotherapy/ Coaching —have all been popular destinations with previous students.