Mrs A Kormari – Subject Leader

Resources available in dept

The classroom is fitted with an interactive white board with full internet access and a conventional white board.

Ethos of the department

An environment where students feel safe and happy to:

  • satisfy their thirst for learning
  • explore the subject
  • gain great psychological knowledge
  • apply psychological theory to explain human behaviour become independent learners

KS5 Curriculum

Statement of Aims

AQA A Level Psychology

The course offers an engaging and effective introduction to psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Students will gain a better understanding of human behaviour, applicable to any situation, the workplace and any social interactions.

Exam Board and Weblink to Exam Board

Entry requirements

6 in GCSE Maths and 5 in GCSE Biology

Curriculum Overview 

Year 1

Social influence: conformity, obedience, explanations for conformity and obedience, minority influence and social change.

Memory: the nature of memory, two models of memory, types of memory, explanations of forgetting, eye-witness testimony.

Attachment:  types, explanations and consequences of attachments.

Psychopathology: definitions of abnormality, explanations and treatment for phobias, depression and OCD.

Approaches in Psychology:  the Learning approach, the Cognitive approach, the Biological approach, the Psychodynamic approach and Humanistic approach of studying human behaviour.

Research methods: experimental method, observational techniques, self-report techniques, correlations, psychology and the economy.

Year 2

Biopsychology: the nervous system, the endocrine system, the fight or flight response, the brain, ways of studying the brain, sleep and biological rhythms.

Research methods: content analysis, case studies, the scientific process, data handling and analysis and inferential testing (statistics)

Issues and debates in Psychology: gender and culture, free will and determinism, nature-nurture, holism-reductionism, idiographic and nomothetic debates and ethics.

Choice of three topics from: relationships, gender, cognition & development, schizophrenia, eating behaviour, stress, aggression, forensic psychology and addiction.

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Future pathways

Past students went on to study Psychology, Neuroscience or Criminal/Forensic Psychology at a degree level.  Some continued with post- graduate degree in clinical, educational or occupational psychology.


Psychology is a very popular and interesting subject with wide applications; it can be combined equally successfully with arts and science subjects. It is particularly useful if you wish to study medicine, child development, occupational health or psychotherapy.  It is also useful in a career in Human Resources, advertising and media or any jobs that involve a lot of public relations.

Dept. Feedback Policy

Many feedback opportunities for improvement.  Informal, oral or written in each lesson.  Formal opportunities after end of topics tests.

Enrichment Activities

Student conference

Educational visits

Specialists guest speakers

Students design and carry out an experiment in a studied topic area during the summer term.

Revision activities

One hour weekly session after school for Year13 students

Year13 students mentoring Year12 students