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Psychology Subject Overview

Statement of Intent

Psychology is one of the most popular subjects to study at A Level and at St Marys. As a discipline we strive to investigate human behaviour using a rigorous scientific method in order to establish nomothetic laws that help to explain human behaviour whilst never taking our eye of the uniqueness of all individuals. At its core psychology is a scientific discipline that takes an interactionist approach to the study of human behaviour and the brain. The interaction between our biology, environment and upbringing is key to understanding human behaviour and is at the centre of everything we study.

At St Marys we will focus on the scientific basis of human behaviour delivering a knowledge based curriculum to explore the fundamental building blocks of psychology whilst interweaving research methods through the curriculum to prepare the psychologists of the future with the skills they will need to study the discipline at the next level. Ultimately, it is hoped that students will be able to evaluate a range of social–biological–cognitive explanations and be able to analyse the world and individuals around them in new ways, incorporating a myriad of approaches and asking questions about the nature of human agency.

Curriculum Map

Year 12 Overview

The course is aims to cover content for Paper 1 and Paper 2. All students will first study the fundamental Approaches to psychology before concentrating on the specific topics cover on the first two exams. Research methods is taught as a discreet lesson once a fortnight and covers the basics of research methods and statistical analysis. It is also interleaved throughout all lessons to help embed a scientific methodology.

Year 12 Topics
  • Autumn Term

    Paper 2 – Approaches to Psychology

    Paper 2 – Research Methods

    Paper 1 - Memory

  • Lent Term

    Paper 1 – Social Influence

    Paper 1 – Attachment

    Paper 2 – Research Methods

  • Summer Term

    Paper 1 - Psychopathology

    Paper 2 - Biopsychology

Year 13 Overview

The course aims to cover Paper 3 Topics and including Issues and debates as well as looking at the more sophisticated theoretical and analytical methods used in Psychology. As with year 12. Research methods is taught as a discreet lesson once a fortnight and interleaved throughout all lessons to help embed a scientific methodology. Time is set aside in Year 13 to revisit Paper 1 and Paper 2 in preparation for Mock exam’s in November and March and to use these as focal points for revision in the Summer Term.

Year 13 Topics
  • Autumn Term

    Paper 3 – Forensic Psychology

    Paper 3 – Schizophrenia

    Paper 3 Issues and Debates

  • Lent Term

    Paper 3 – Relationships

    Paper 2 – Research Methods

  • Summer Term
    Paper 1 – 3 Revision based on Mock Exam’s

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