Examination Board: AQA

Head of Department: Mrs Lindsey Smith

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Why Study Psychology?

Psychology offers the ability to understand moral, ethical, social and cultural issues. It is about you, the people around you and differences that exist in different people which will benefit you personally, socially and in any job that requires you to interact with or understand other people. Psychology offers maximum opportunity to acquire and develop the new ‘Key Skills’ of communication, application of number, information, technology, working with others, improving own learning and performance and problem solving. There are a number of employment opportunities in clinical psychology, industrial or occupational psychology as well as many personal benefits to be gained from studying Psychology. There are many other jobs where Psychology is indirectly used such as nursing, social work, teaching and business.

Course Details – Exam Board: AQA

Introductory Topics in Psychology: memory (remembering, forgetting & eye witness testimony); attachment (how bonds are formed & their impact on later life); and social influence (conformity, obedience & independent behaviour).

Psychology in Context: psychopathology and treatment (phobias, depression & OCD); approaches to psychology; biopsychology; and research methods.

Issues and Options in Psychology: relationships (the process of romantic relationships & modern day relationships such as those over social media), schizophrenia (diagnosis and treatment); and forensic psychology (offender profiling & dealing with offenders).

Students sit three written papers covering the content from introductory topics in psychology and psychology in context and issues and options in psychology.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a Grade 6 at GCSE level Mathematics and English Language. In Year 13 you will be required to write essays so a reasonable grasp of essay writing would be helpful although you will be given some guidance on how to write an essay.



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