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Psychology

For those of you new to the subject, it is the scientific study of how people think, feel and behave. To enter the course you require a Grade C in English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Science. A specialised and creative staff leads this stimulating and popular subject, Psychology is consistently oversubscribed every year at Fortismere.  Based in the sixth form building, Tetherdown, Psychology has its own devoted bright and vibrant classroom.  Links with London Universities and other colleges that offer Psychology mean that students have opportunities to meet professionals in the field as well as interact with other students.  The diversity of Psychology as a discipline means that the lessons stay fresh and it offers a multitude of skills and challenges.  The course provides students with knowledge of the origins of psychology from the; behaviourist, psychodynamic, cognitive and evolutionary schools of thought that inform Psychology as it is today, as well as the issues and debates that exist within this discipline.

The examination requires application of knowledge to real life scenarios as well as explanation and evaluation of psychological theories and studies.  We aim to reflect this in lessons with students taking part in experiments as well as identifying applications of theories to real life using TV programmes, newspaper articles, students' own experience as well as classic case studies e.g. Clive Wearing and Anna O.  Central to all units is the research methods used to establish and support theories, both AS and A2 require understanding of, and the ability to use statistics.

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AQA is the awarding body for Psychology, we use the A specification.

Both AS and A2 are assessed by examination, with AS contributing 50% to the overall A2 grade.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/psychology_a_new.php

Course Content & Assessment

AS

  • Unit 1
    Cognitive: memory and eye witness testimony
    Developmental: attachments and day care
    1 hour exam (33% of total AS marks)
  • Unit 2
    Physiological: stress management
    Individual Differences: abnormality and eating disorders
    1 hour exam (33% of total AS marks)
  • Unit 3
    Social: social influences and ethical guidelines
    Research Methods: psychological investigations
    1 hour exam (33% of total AS marks)

A2

  • Unit 4
    Social: relationships; pro and anti-social behaviour
    Developmental: cognitive development; social and personality development
    1½ hour exam (15% of total A-Level marks)
  • Unit 5
    Individual Differences: classification; diagnosis and treatment for mental disorders
    Perspectives: Psychological application of approaches to novel situation issue/debates
    2 hour exam (20% of total A-Level marks)
  • Unit 6
    2000 word research project (15% of total A-Level marks)

Further Information about the Course

This challenging course has been designed to develop breadth of knowledge, critical thinking skills and an appreciation of the relationships between different aspects of the subject. You will be encouraged to develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation. In addition, the course requires that you work hard in class, take part in group activities and be prepared to work responsibly on your own.

Overlapping and Matching with other Subjects

Psychology complements the other social science subjects - Sociology, Politics, Business Studies and Economics. It also complements Media Studies, English, Biology, Maths/Stats, Philosophy and Sports Science. It can be used as a scientific contrast to other subjects not mentioned.

Careers

Psychology is a useful and interesting science to complement arts courses and also ideal for students who would like to read Psychology at University. A degree in Psychology can lead to jobs such as an Educational Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist and useful in medicine, child and family therapy, lecturing and teaching, occupational psychology involved with human resources and personnel selection, sports coaching, criminal psychology and personality profiling and counselling.

Extra Curricular

We offer a variety of extra curricular activities throughout the academic year:

  • Enter the Heythrop Psychology Essay Prize, this is supported by workshops from the Psychology teachers
  • Visit to the Welcome Trust
  • Visit to the Freud Museum London
  • Take part in the monthly Psychology Review Club - a chance to stay up-to-date with the latest articles and issues in psychology
  • AS Psychology Study Day at Heythrop University

Contact the Department

Corke, Mr O Head of Psychology

ocorke@fortismere.org.uk

Greany, Ms P

Psychology Teacher

pgreany@fortismere.org.uk

Moffat, Ms J Psychology Teacher

jmoffat@fortismere.org.uk