Psychology

Meet the Team

Faculty Leader: Miss L Whitehouse whitehouse.l@welearn365.com

Deputy Faculty Leader: Miss K Taylor taylor.k7@welearn365.com

The Team:

Introduction

Psychology is a fascinating area of study. It will help you understand human behaviour and mental processes and allow you to better understand how we think, act, learn and feel.  If you are interested in a deeper understanding of the human condition you should study Psychology.

What do we study in Psychology?

This is a GCSE only option meaning that pupils will not study this subject within KS3.Exam Board: AQA

Year 10

Memory

Pupils will delve into the world of memory- how it works, the theories surrounding memory and the different ways in which memory can be affected or altered- hopefully giving them some tips on the ways in which pupils can apply this to their own revision techniques.

Social Influence

Why did so many people allow the holocaust to happen knowing it was wrong?’ one of the great moral dilemmas of the 20th century will be answered within this unit. Why do humans follow instructions will be looked at in the realm of conformity and obedience ranging from Nazi soldiers, football hooligans to cults. 

Development

Developmental psychology is great in helping a young person understand not only themselves but the people around them. Going from conception to the age of  18 looking at how a child develops in the womb, through early childhood to adolescence. Education, learning styles and growth mind-set are a large part of this unit with pupils given the opportunity to carry out a study within Kingsbury school.

Psychological Problems

Psychological problems are in some areas still a taboo- w will be looking into  two of the most common psychological problems – depression and addiction. We will look at the psychologies theories that explain the causes of these conditions as well as diagnosis and treatment. We will evaluate the role of social media and modern life and its possible link to psychological problems.

Year 11

Language, thought and communication

Communication between humans is 80% non-verbal, we will look into the different types of non-verbal communication, the importance of it and how it can be misinterpreted. We will look at non-verbal communication in the 21st century with emojis and text conversations as well as the big question of ‘what comes first, language or communication?’

Neuropsychology

The most biological or our unit will delve into the biology of the brain, its purpose, structure and function. We will look at the impact of brain injuries, scanning techniques and their development as well as investigating cognitive neuroscience and its increasing role in the medical field culminating in answering the question ‘s the biological approach towards neuroscience too reductionist in its approach.’

Perception

The difference between perception and sensation is often overlooked but its importance in helping us understand the world around us is incredibly important. Bringing in elements of biology, pupils will understand how and why perception can be altered and even manipulated as well as addressing the two very different theories explaining how and why we perceive.

Research Methods

You cannot have psychology without research methods, experimental design, hypotheses, variables and ethics are all vital to success in psychology. The ability to evaluate using these factors will enable pupils to become well rounded psychologists, as well as having the knowledge of how to carry out their own psychological investigations. Although this section of the source will be taught synoptically throughout the GCSE we will spend a few weeks reflecting and developing our skills, through carrying out studies and looking at the work of others.

Assessment arrangements, exam structure and formatting of questions for each paper

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