See our Philosophy & Religious Studies Curriculum below at Bentley Wood for KS4 and KS5
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?
Topics 6 to 10 are optional; students must study two of them. Topic 11 is compulsory.
Method of Assessment:
There is no coursework for GCSE Psychology hence the exams are worth 100% of your total GCSE grade.
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:
Grade 9-1 GCSE Psychology AQA All-in-One Complete Revision and Practice (with free flashcard download) (Collins GCSE 9-1 Revision)
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.
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.
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).
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