Psychology

Curriculum Subjects

Psychology

See our Philosophy & Religious Studies Curriculum below at Bentley Wood for KS4 and KS5

 

KS4 | Psychology

Examining Board: Edexcel

Aim of Course:

This course builds on young people’s understanding of other people and themselves, in particular the answers to the following questions which they face across their academic studies; why do we forget certain information? Why can my friend remember more than I can? Why does my teacher always look me in the eye when talking to me?  Why are people treated differently? Why do I get more moody than my friends?

Course Content:
Unit 1:

  • Topic 1: Development – How did you develop?
  • Topic 2: Memory – How does your memory work?
  • Topic 3: Psychological problems – How would psychological problems affect you?
  • Topic 4: The brain and neuropsychology – How does your brain affect you?
  • Topic 5: Social influence – How do others affect you?

Unit 2:

Topics 6 to 10 are optional; students must study two of them. Topic 11 is compulsory.

  • Topic 6: Criminal psychology – Why do people become criminals?
  • Topic 7: The self – What makes you who you are?
  • Topic 8: Perception – How do you interpret the world around you?
  • Topic 9: Sleep and dreaming – Why do you need to sleep and dream?
  • Topic 10: Language, thought and communication – How do you communicate with others?
  • Topic 11: Research methods – How do you carry out psychological research?

Method of Assessment:

There is no coursework for GCSE Psychology hence the exams are worth 100% of your total GCSE grade.

  • Paper 1 (55%): written exam 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Paper 2 (45%): written exam 1 hour 20 minutes

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects

A Level Psychology is also offered at Bentley Wood High School.  Careers pursued by students of Psychology are varied and include such things as:

Medicine Criminologist Clinical Psychologist Teacher
Lawyer Counsellor Social Worker

Recommended Reading:

  • Carol Dweck’s mindset theory
  • Piaget and Inhelder (1956) Three mountains task
  • Piliavin et al (1969) Good Samaritanism: An Underground Phenomenon?
  • Shyness – Phillip Zimbardo
  • Oliver Sacks – The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
  • David Adam – The man who couldn’t stop
  • Mattew Syed – Bounce
  • Malcolm Gladwell – Blink
  • Dan Kahneman – thinking fast and slow

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Body World Exhibition
  • Conference’s
  • Social Science Club

Revision Guides

Grade 9-1 GCSE Psychology AQA All-in-One Complete Revision and Practice (with free flashcard download) (Collins GCSE 9-1 Revision)

KS5 | Psychology

Is Psychology the subject for you?

Yes, if you are interested in studying and researching human behaviour such as memory, obedience, prejudice and attachment. If you enjoy thinking critically about ideas that you are presented with and carrying out your own practical investigations. If you are interested in developing a range of transferable skills such as essay writing, presentation skills and data analysis.

Course content

Students study three units in total. At AS level students focus on studying the key approaches in Psychology (Social, Cognitive, Biological, Psychodynamic and Behavioural) which provide them with the basis for further study in Psychology. At A’ level students study the three main approaches in psychology. How psychology can be applied to criminal and child psychology. Why people suffer from mental illnesses? How psychology contributes to on-going debates.

  • AS Psychology is examined by two papers at the end of the first year.
  • A’ level psychology is assessed via three papers at the end of the two-year course.

Methods of study

A range of methods of study are used including group work, discussions, presentations, peer teaching and independent study. You will be expected to take an active part in lessons as well as complete regular homework and assessment activities.

How will it be examined?

AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Career opportunities

Studying Psychology provides an excellent grounding for numerous careers including human resources, advertising, law and social work. It is viewed favourably by employers as employees who have studied Psychology have a range of transferable skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, work in a team and analyse information (both written and numerical) as well as have a greater understanding of human behaviour.

Most universities offer a range of Psychology degrees, both single and joint honours. Most Psychology degrees will have similar content in the first year and then allow students to specialise in later years. In order to qualify as a Psychologist, you will need to undertake further postgraduate study to Masters or PhD level. You can find out more information about careers in Psychology by looking at the British Psychological Society website – www.bps.org.uk

Is Psychology the subject for you?

Yes, if you are interested in studying and researching human behaviour such as memory, obedience, prejudice and attachment. If you enjoy thinking critically about ideas that you are presented with and carrying out your own practical investigations. If you are interested in developing a range of transferable skills such as essay writing, presentation skills and data analysis.

Course content

Students study three units in total. At AS level students focus on studying the key approaches in Psychology (Social, Cognitive, Biological, Psychodynamic and Behavioural) which provide them with the basis for further study in Psychology. At A’ level students study the three main approaches in psychology. How psychology can be applied to criminal and child psychology. Why people suffer from mental illnesses? How psychology contributes to on-going debates.

  • AS Psychology is examined by two papers at the end of the first year.
  • A’ level psychology is assessed via three papers at the end of the two-year course.

Methods of study

A range of methods of study are used including group work, discussions, presentations, peer teaching and independent study. You will be expected to take an active part in lessons as well as complete regular homework and assessment activities.

How will it be examined?

AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Career opportunities

Studying Psychology provides an excellent grounding for numerous careers including human resources, advertising, law and social work. It is viewed favourably by employers as employees who have studied Psychology have a range of transferable skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, work in a team and analyse information (both written and numerical) as well as have a greater understanding of human behaviour.

Most universities offer a range of Psychology degrees, both single and joint honours. Most Psychology degrees will have similar content in the first year and then allow students to specialise in later years. In order to qualify as a Psychologist, you will need to undertake further postgraduate study to Masters or PhD level. You can find out more information about careers in Psychology by looking at the British Psychological Society website – www.bps.org.uk