Psychology

Teaching Staff

Psychology is currently offered at GCSE, AS and A2 Level.

Aims

Psychology is the study of people: how they think, how they act, react and interact.
Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts feelings and motivation underlying such behaviours.

British Psychological Society

Have you ever wondered:

Psychology can give you the answers and explain such questions! It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life.

Curriculum

GCSE

GCSE content includes:

There are 2 units:

Unit 1: Making Sense of Other People
Summary of content:

Unit 2: Understanding Other People
Summary of content:

Assessment is exam based with a one and a half hour exam for each unit.

A Level

AS / A-Level content includes:

AS Level:

There are 2 units:

Unit 1:

Unit 2:

Assessment:
2 one and a half hour exams using compulsory structured questions.

A2 Level:

There are two units.

Unit 3:

Assessment:
3 compulsory essay style questions in a one and a half hour exam.

Unit 4:

Assessment:
A two hour exam answering two essay style questions and 1 structured question.

Extra Curricular

There are opportunities to attend psychological films groups, extra revision booster sessions and be a psychologist activity throughout the year.

Guest speakers

Guest speakers with experience in the field of Psychology complete workshops in particular topics. For example, Eating Disorders Network and Aware Defeat Depression. This provides pupils with the opportunity to increase understanding of the topic areas.

Trips

With changes to the new specifications, it is hoped that we can arrange trips for the following:
Forensic psychology trip to the Crumlin road jail.
Psychopathology trip to psychiatric hospital.
Association of Psychology Teachers student conference and workshops in QUB.

Homework and Core Assessment

GCSE: Students have 2 homeworks per week. Homeworks involve exam practice questions, research tasks, independent research, revision for end of topic tests and tracking, preparation for presentations etc.

Alevel: Students have 2 or more homeworks per week. Homeworks involve exam practice questions, research tasks, independent research, wider reading, revision for end of topic tests and tracking, preparation for presentations etc.

Careers

An understanding of human behaviour and the way people react in certain situations can be seen as a valuable skill in the world of business and industry or in any career choice!

Links

www.aqa.org.uk
www.bps.org.uk
www.resourcd.com
http://www.psychteacher.co.uk/