Psychology is a popular subject at Key Stage 5. This course provides a variety of opportunities for students to investigate and apply knowledge in a range of key areas. The course is co- taught over 2 years with Cardinal Heenan and is assessed via examination on 3 papers. Each of the papers lasts for 2 hours. There is no coursework component. Psychology is a Science and students are reminded that they will need to develop a wide range of subject specific terminology, use the scientific method in designing studies and writing about and evaluating Psychological research, you will also need to be able to carry out statistical analysis of data.
For these reasons Psychology usually requires Level 6/ Grade B in Science, English and Mathematics.
To help Psychology students develop and apply scientific skills of investigation into a variety of, biological and human behavioural questions; A Level students use methods of experiments, observation, self-report, and detailed case studies to learn about topics such as memory, stress, attachment, conformity, psychological disorders, forensics and Gender.
Accomodation and Resources
A Level Psychology is taught mainly in the Sixth Form Block. Interactive whiteboards are used as a tool in several of the lessons. There is an online textbook that can be accessed at school and at home and key materials for the course can be accessed by students via the school's public drive.
Students have access to a number of publications, revision resources, and hands-on tools are used within lessons and made available for student use. Extra support sessions are timetabled weekly after school. Students can also get extra help during other times throughout the week.
Key Stage 5
In Psychology, Year One there are several student assessment points throughout the year and you will need to complete exams which are used to assess progress focus on research methods, approaches including biopsychology, attachment, memory, social psychology and psychopathology,. In Year Two, students complete three exams based on more in depth development of previous learning and a third paper which focuses on subjects such as, Forensics, Gender, Schizophrenia and research methods.
Subject staff endeavour to connect students to the subject through educational visits where possible. In Psychology, students are given opportunities to use their skills of research and designing studies in real life settings. Students do several research studies throughout the year outside of the classroom. The British Psychological Society informs much of the work done in the A Level course.
More information about our department
Student feedback for Psychology is very positive. Students have reported feeling satisfied with the level of support they are being given, are happy with the teaching, and are confident that the staff are working well to help them achieve.
Staff work with students to create a welcoming and calm atmosphere where students feel they can achieve. At all levels, learning is individualised to meet the needs of each student. Students are monitored closely on every topic and given consistent feedback as to their progress. Opportunities to improve are given after each assessment and additional support is provided. In Psychology, a current collaboration with Cardinal Heenan High School continues to be successful with students from both schools working well together.