Currently in 2014-2015, we follow the OCR specification.
The AS course is structured around fifteen key studies, each of which has been extremely influential in the development of psychological theories. These are some of the questions asked by these studies:
- Why and under what circumstances do we obey orders?
- Do children learn aggression?
- Are the brains of taxi drivers different to those of other people?
- Can chimpanzees learn language?
- Is eye-witness testimony reliable?
The A2 course looks at the applied topics of forensic and clinical psychology. We cover areas such as the causes of criminal behaviour, courtroom behaviour, offender treatments, the causes and management of stress, the diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctional behaviour. These specialist choices explore how different approaches in psychology can be applied to real life situations. In addition to this, students will become familiar with the methods used by psychologists to collect and analyse data. In year 12 they will carry out and evaluate practical work using these techniques. These practical skills are examined further at A2 level.
Psychology AQA 2016-2017
This syllabus introduces students to a broad range of psychological topics. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.
Core areas of Psychology are studied as well as current issues and debates in the field.
In Year 12, this will include: Cognitive Psychology (memory and forgetting) Developmental Psychology (attachment theory), Biological Psychology (including brain function), Social Psychology (conformity and obedience) and Psychopathology (including depression, phobias and suitable treatments).
Students will develop a critical understanding of research methods and techniques of data handling including statistical analysis.
Amongst the options studied in year 13 are relationships, stress, addiction and forensic psychology as well as issues relating to gender, culture and debates surrounding reductionism, nature/nurture, free will and determinism.
Students will be tested using a variety of multiple choice, short question and answer as well as extended writing essay-based questions. As and A Level are co-taught in year 12
A wide range of teaching methods is used within the department. Sometimes there are teacher-led presentations and often students work in groups to research a topic, evaluate a study or plan practical work. There are often lively and-occasionally-controversial discussions in lessons. We have lots of DVDs to develop topics further and we can draw on song to reinforce learning!
Students of A level psychology have gone on to study a wide range of subjects at university; including law, medicine, dentistry, history, geography, politics, natural sciences and philosophy. A significant number of students go on to study Psychology at university. Currently ex-KECHG students can be found studying psychology at Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham, Leicester and Bath