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Psychology (Y12-Y13)


PSYCHOLOGY

Staff within the department

Mrs E Jorgensen

Subject overview

Psychology is a popular A Level subject and is only available to KS5 students. Psychology has been defined as the science of mind and behaviour. Essentially, psychology is all about people. We are all amateur psychologists, every time we try and work out why someone acted the way they did or try to predict how someone might behave or react.
Psychology tries to find answers to some of these questions by investigating them in a more scientific manner. If you would like to understand both yourself and others better, psychology is the subject for you.

Key Stage 5 overview

The A Level specification (AQA) covers a wide variety of topics, including how memory works, what happens if babies don't form an attachment with a caregiver, how to plan and carry out experiments, and understanding the different areas of the brain and the functions they carry out.

The A Level course is a two-year linear course, but it is also available as a stand-alone AS Level qualification. Psychology is a great subject to study because it will not only give you a number of transferable skills, such as essay writing and communication skills, it will also teach you more about the way people think. An understanding of the human mind is useful in a number of careers, and the topics we study are fascinating!

However, Psychology is not an easy subject. It is challenging and requires a lot of hard work and commitment. You will need good literacy and numeracy skills in addition to being able to think for yourself and learn independently.

SUBJECT

STEPS 1

STEPS 2

STEPS 3

STEPS 4

STEPS 5

STEPS 6

Year 12

Social Influence

Memory

Attachment

Psychopathology

Approaches

Biopsychology

Year 13

Research Methods

Issues and Debates

Relationships

Schizophrenia

Forensic Psychology

STUDY LEAVE

Revision Resources

Simply Psychology