Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind, its functions and how it affects behaviour. On the course you will learn about how Psychology has developed as a science and how researchers study human behaviour.

Year 12

Term 1: The focus of this term is to look at the main approaches in psychology and develop an understanding of how to conduct research.

  • Each approach in psychology has its own way of explaining human behaviour and we will examine the similarities and differences between them.
  • You will then use the theories from the approaches to study psychopathology, focussing on topics such as phobias, OCD and depression.
  • The approaches use a range of research methods to study human behaviour; these include experiments, correlations, interviews, questionnaires and case studies. You will learn about the different methods and carry out some research with participants yourself.


Term 2: The focus of this term is to look at the way in which psychological theories are used to explain behaviour in real-life.

  • The course covers the topic of social influence; you will understand what causes people to obey to those in authority as well as factors influencing social change such as women’s right to vote.
  • In the topic of attachment you will learn more about why we form attachments, different types of attachment and how early childhood experiences can have a profound effect on later relationships.
  • During the third topic of memory and forgetting, you will learn more about why some revision methods are more effective than others, why we forget and factors that influence the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.


Year 13

  • We look at the application of psychological theories to help us understand and treat conditions such as schizophrenia and addiction.
  • You will also study the topic of gender where you will learn about the difference between sex and gender, atypical sex chromosomes and gender identity disorders.
  • We also look at the major debates in psychology, for example the relative importance of nature and nurture in behaviour and whether we are free to choose our behaviour.

How the course is taught

Students are taught by two teachers, this allows students to learn about two different topics simultaneously. We aim to use a range of teaching and learning activities in lessons, the most common activities include:

  • Watching footage of key psychological studies
  • Taking part in practical research to replicate studies that students are learning about
  • Using textbooks to make notes on key studies and theories
  • Applying what has been learn to real-life behaviour
  • Reviewing key content through interactive starters such as Kahoot
  • Working independently out of lessons researching topics to feed back to the group in discussions.

How the course is assessed

At the end of the course there will be three exams, each will consist of multiple choice, short answers and extended writing tasks. There is no coursework for this subject. We follow the AQA exam board.


Head of Department: Mrs T Lancaster
Miss E Walker
Miss E White
Sept 2019