Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental activity, it is about understanding people, and how they think, feel, communicate and act.

By understanding why people behave in particular ways, we can predict, treat and even prevent certain behaviours.

Psychology Department

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Ms Bernadette HewisonBHbhewison@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1034

Key stage 4

Studying Psychology is optional, and students have selected to begin their studies in this subject. The focus of this GCSE is to introduce concepts and methods used to explain human behaviour, through considering models of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences.

The examining body

Psychology follows the AQA specification 4180.

The weighting of the topics in the exam are as follows:

  • Unit 1: Making sense of other people – 50%;
  • Unit 2: Making sense of other people – 50%.

Timetabling

Students have three lessons per week and study the subject for two years (years 10 & 11).

Extra Support

Revision sessions are offered either as drop in sessions for one-to-one help or in a more structured format, targeting C/D students and A/A* students. Dates will be publicised well in advance to students.

Assessment arrangements

GCSE Psychology students will complete two GCSE exams in the summer at the end of year 11.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Topic Unit 1: Memory
Unit 2: Learning
Unit 1: Non-verbal communication
Unit 2: Social influence
Unit 1: Development of personality
Unit 2: Sex and gender
Unit 1: Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
Unit 2: Aggression
Unit 1: Research methods and ethics
Unit 2: Research methods and ethics
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Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS4 can be found here.

Key stage 5

Studying Psychology is optional and Year Twelve and Thirteen will complete their academy based studies. The focus of this qualification is to develop the knowledge and understanding of specific areas of psychological study. Students can study AS (1 year course) or A-level (2 year course).

The examining body

Psychology follows the AQA specification A. The following website details will take you to the resources pages for this qualification: AQA | Psychology | A-level | Psychology A.

The weighting of the topics in the exam are as follows:

  • Year Twelve (AS): Introductory topics in psychology = 50% of AS (90 mins);
  • Year Twelve (AS): Psychology in context= 50% of AS (90 mins);
  • Year Thirteen (A2): Introductory topics in psychology= 33.3% of A-level (120 mins);
  • Year Thirteen (A2): Psychology in context= 33.3% of A-level (120 mins);
  • Year Thirteen (A2): – Issues and options in psychology= 33.3% of A-level (120 mins);

Timetabling

Students have 10 lessons a fortnight.

Key Coursework Deadlines

There is no coursework requirement.

Extra Support and Further Reading

From April to May, revision sessions are offered either as drop in sessions for one-to-one help or in a more structured format in class time. Dates will be publicised well in advance to students. Revision sessions are also offered during holidays.

Assessment arrangements

Year 12 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Topic Paper 1: Social Influence Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology Paper 1: Social Influence Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology Paper 1: Memory Paper 2: Psychopathology Paper 1: Memory Paper 2: Psychopathology Paper 1: Attachment Paper 2: Research Methods Paper 1: Attachment Paper 2: Research Methods Revision
Assessment Formal exam question and assessment on topic Formal exam question and assessment on topic Formal exam question and assessment on topic Mock paper Formal exam question and assessment on topic Summer examinations
Year 13 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Topic Paper 3: Relationships Paper 3: Relationships Paper 3: Schizophrenia Paper 3: Schizophrenia Paper 2: Forensic Psychology Revision N/A
Assessment Formal exam questions and assessment on topic Formal exam questions and assessment on topic Formal exam questions and assessment on topic Formal exam questions and assessment on topic Formal exam N/A

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS5 can be found here.