Psychology is the study of ‘the science of the mind’. You will learn all about people’s behaviour and the reasons behind it by being able to apply skills and knowledge to different topic areas as well as form powers of analysis to reach scientific conclusions.
What will you be learning?
You will study four different areas of Psychology. Social Psychology such as obedience and prejudice, Cognitive Psychology such as memory, Biological Psychology such as aggression and Learning Theories such as conditioning and social learning theory. Included in each of the topics will also be a research method; these will be experiments, self-reports, correlations and observations.
The topics you will learn about are clinical psychology such as diagnosis, schizophrenia and OCD and criminological psychology such as explanations, treatments and jury decisions. As in year 12 there will be research methods questions; some regarding what you learnt in year 12 and some new ones such as case studies. You will also be required to answer a key question where you discuss a contemporary issue from today’s society using your knowledge from the topics plus, questions regarding issues and debates in psychology like ethics, reductionism and reliability. A third paper is about synoptic issues where you will be comparing classic and contemporary studies and answering questions based on previously unseen materials.
As well as psychology there is a strong mathematical element. Maths skills will be a minimum of 10% of the qualification. You will learn how to conduct statistical tests, read results and analyse them in detail by applying them to different psychological contexts.
As well as the Psychology qualification, you will be able to criticise many different studies and become much more aware of how unethical some people are! You will be able to have the confidence to conduct your own work and have the ability to analyse it. Your thinking skills will dramatically increase as you have to be able to use your imagination and begin to think outside the box. Your understanding of how a human behaves and thinks will increase with knowledge and psychological ability. You will have greatly expanded your knowledge of the subject and have the ability to apply that knowledge to specific areas of psychology. You will have a good understanding of the mechanics of people’s minds and be able to use that knowledge in your everyday experiences. Your discussion skills will be improved and your ability to form a structured argument with an open mind for different perspectives should be more solid.
How is it assessed?
Foundations in Psychology, exam 2hrs, 35%
Applications of Psychology, exam, 2hrs, 35%
Psychological Skills, exam, 2hrs, 30%
5x 5-9 GCSEs including minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths.