Key Stage 5

Minimum entry requirements from GCSE:
English – grade 5, Maths – 5 grade and Science – grade 5.

Psychology is a part of Social Sciences Department and lessons are taught mainly in rooms 6/7 and 6/6. There are a number of resources in the Library and on FireFly (VLE) to help students with their studies. Try looking through Y12 and Y13 textbooks to give yourself a flavour of the course. You can also refer to the subject specification, learning materials and other useful information by visiting the AQA exam board’s web site under this link:

Year 12 topics
Paper 1 and Paper 2 are assessed by two written examinations. These are part of internal exams.

PAPER 1 – 96 marks
1. Social Influence
Social influence – conformity and obedience
Resisting social influence and minorities
Social change - how society could change
2. Memory
Models of memory
Eyewitness testimony
3. Attachment
Development of attachment
Animal studies
Deprivation and effects of being orphaned
How early attachment affects our adult love life
4. Psychopathology (Abnormality)
Defining abnormality
Explaining abnormality e.g. depression, phobias
Treating abnormality e.g. drugs, psychotherapy
PAPER 2 – 96 marks
5. Approaches in Psychology
Social Psychology
Cognitive psychology
Biological psychology
6. Research Methods
Methods & techniques
Scientific processes
Data analysis & presentation
How psychology influences the economy
7. Biopsychology
Nervous & endocrine systems
Brain functions and research

Year 1 Illuminate

Year 13 - Three Final Exams after the two year Course
Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 topics are assessed in three written examinations. Each test lasts 120 minutes and is worth 96 marks. The exams include structured questions and several essays. There is no coursework. Research Methods are taught throughout the year, in all topics, to give students a firm grasp of necessary theoretical and practical research skills.

PAPER 3 – 96 marks
8. Issues and Debates in Psychology
Culture and gender bias
Ethical considerations in research
Nature vs nurture, reductionism vs holism, free will vs determination
9. Relationships
Formation, maintenance and breakdown of love
Theories of relationships
Para-social and virtual relationships
10. Stress
Bodily response to stress
Sources of Stress e.g. workplace, daily hassles, life events
Stress Management Drugs & Therapies
11. Addictions
Biological explanations e.g. faulty genes and biochemistry
Psychological and social explanations
Available treatments for addictions

Year 2 Illuminate

Entry requirements
In order to successfully cope with complex scientific texts, specialist vocabulary, psychological essays, gathering and analysing research data, we strongly recommend that students attain the standard GCSE points score required for entry to study A-level, together with an intellectual curiosity to look beyond the views of so called 'common sense'. Remember, psychology is a science.

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