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Psychology

Our Vision

Where every member of our extended family realise their God-given potential, inspired by John 10:10. Jesus said 'I have come so you may have life in all its fullness' is routed at the heart of everything we do. Psychology is a subject that aims to help students understand human behaviour, as a consequence it covers many topics that address the academy’s vision. It develops students understanding of the world round them. For instance social psychology looks at why people conform. This enables staff to encourage students to question why they follow others and to think about whether this is their genuine belief or that they are following someone else to fit in. By raising this question it gets student to think twice about decisions they might make in the future so that they are able to make decisions and choices that they want to, to live their lives in all its fullness.

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and is an inspirational subject that will change the way you think about things forever. As you study human behaviour, and why we behave the way we do, it encourages you to adopt an open mind and become an analytical thinker. By studying Psychology, you will be prepared for future study and careers by developing independent learning and thinking skills, as well as an understanding of the many important factors that affect our behaviour. The course is taught through interactive activities and students will have opportunities to complete their own research.

You may want to know what causes mental illness, or why we become attracted to others. Whatever your particular interest, if you would like to understand both yourself and others better, Psychology is the subject for you!

Psychology is a subject that aims to help students understand human behavior, as a consequence it covers many topics that address the academies vision. It develops students understanding of the world round them. For instance, social psychology looks at why people conform. This enables staff to encourage students to question why they follow others and to think about whether this is their genuine belief or that they are following someone else to fit in. By raising this question, it gets student to think twice about decisions they might make in the future so that they are able to make decisions and choices that they want to, to live their lives in all its fullness. Across the two years student look at topics such as mental health conditions and get a deeper understanding of each of the conditions and the treatments. Such topics fit well alongside the LIFE! Sessions, for instance, mental health awareness day and time to change. In sessions where topics are sensitive students are asked to show respect to one another and to think about the impact that a negative comment might have on another student in the room. The topics that the Psychology specification covers open students to many opportunities to discuss and develop an understanding of individuals in the world, to understand what their experiences might be. 

What students say:

“Psychology is one of the most interesting subjects I’ve ever studied! Having a teacher who helps out with any misunderstandings makes it available to any students with different learning styles!”

“Teachers are supportive and always able to help out and they make the lessons fun.”

Staff

Head of Social Sciences Faculty - Mrs Costello

Teacher of Psychology - Miss Scott-Johnson

 

Curriculum – AS (Year 12)

The course is based on 100% exam at the end of the year.

Unit

1

2

Length of exam

1½ hours

1½ hours

Topics

Memory, Attachment, Social Influence, Research Methods

Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology and Research Methods

 

 

Curriculum – A2 (Year 13)

The course is based on 100% exam at the end of the year.

Unit

1

2

3

Length of exam

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Topics

Memory, Attachment, Social Influence, Research Methods and Psychopathology

Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology Research Methods and Issues and debates in Psychology.

Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.

The A-level specification followed for Psychology is AQA - www.aqa.org.uk

Trips

All students within the department have the opportunity to attend a Social Sciences Open Day at the University of Gloucestershire to experience a flavour of Psychology lectures at university. In addition to this, we attended a talk at the science festival we listened to a talk on crime and current research into this field of research.

 

Extracurricular activities

Every week, a catch up/revision session is run after school to give students an opportunity to access extra help and support with their studies. 

 

Future possibilities

Psychology can lead to specific careers in Occupational, Clinical or Forensic Psychology, Criminology, Advertising and Marketing, counselling and therapy, but it is also a useful qualification to have if you are thinking of any career that involves dealing with people (almost everything!) An understanding of psychological procedures and principles would also be useful in careers such as teaching, health service related occupations, law (including police) and social work.

Should you have any questions, or are interested in taking Psychology A Level, please contact Miss Scott-Johnson  – kscott-johnson@asachelt.org