Lessons involve independent research, informal discussion, group debate, presentations and essay writing. There is a great deal of new psychological content to be covered, all with specialist vocabulary, so the course is rigorous, challenging and detailed.
There is a sizeable part of the course that contains research methods and mathematics, so students must be aware of this before applying to study this subject for A Level and beyond. We want to encourage students to develop a sense of wonder and enlightenment about the behaviour of the people they come across, as well as gaining an awareness of themselves.
Students study a range of famous influential psychological experiments that have radically changed our knowledge about the brain and behaviour.
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
(Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology)
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
(Psychological Approaches, Biopsychology, Research Methods with statistics)
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
Issues and debates, and teacher will choose combination of three topics e.g. Relationships, Gender, Cognition and Development, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction