Psychology

Subject Introduction

Psychology is offered as an A Level at Christ's School. Students follow the AQA syllabus which enables students to develop a solid understanding of a range of psychological theories and of real world psychological issues, such as relationships, aggression and schizophrenia.

Psychology is taught by Mr Sedour and Mr Morandi.

in order to study Psychology students must achieve the following GCSE grades: English Literature B; Maths B; Science B.

The Curriculum

AS Level

At AS Level students develop a solid understanding of a range of psychological theories. In order to achieve this aim, students will question a range of hypotheses: the role of early relationships as an infant to adulthood development; what causes psychological abnormalities and how they can be treated; can theories of conformity and obedience explain war; and how accurate memories are when giving evidence as an eye witness in a court of law.

A Level

A2 Level is designed to build on the knowledge gained at AS and looks in greater depth at real world psychological issues, such as relationships, aggression and schizophrenia. At this level students will gain an understanding of how psychologists work in applied settings. Science is very much at the heart of the course and thus requires students to critically consider the methods used by psychologists to study human beings. For this part of the course students will become an active psychologist with the opportunity to design and test hypotheses. 

Students who study Psychology tend to enjoy thinking critically, do not accept what they read and are interested in human behaviour. Psychology students will be expected, in the classroom, to engage in debates and discussions and take an active stance in their learning. Furthermore, the majority of the course involves essay writing, therefore students will need to be strong in this area.

Topics covered during Year 12

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Social influence
  • Research methods

Topics covered during Year 13

  • Aggression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Biopsychology 
  • Gender
  • Issues debates and arguments 
  • Approaches (continued)
  • Research methods (continued)

ASSESSMENT

This is a linear course with three 2 hour exams at the end of Year 13. Examiners will assess:

Social influence Aggression
Attachment Eating behaviour
Memory Schizophrenia
Biopsychology  
Approaches in psychology  
Research methods  

Students will be entered for a full A Level at the end of Year 2 where they will sit all 3 exam papers. Students will gain their final A Level qualification at the end of Year 2.  Students studying the 2 year A Level course will also be entered into the summer examination at the end of Year 1 in their AS year.

Higher Education/ Potential Careers

Psychologists work in areas such as business, clinical and counselling, health, education, sports, academic circles and forensics. In order to achieve many of these one would have to undertake a Psychology degree and specialise thereafter.

 

 

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