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Psychology

"In life, particularly in public life, psychology is more powerful than logic" – Ludwig Quidde

Psychology in Walthamstow Academy is taught as an A-level in Psychology. Psychology will help you understand yourself and other people by learning about different aspects of human behaviour that will help you in daily life, including your interactions with others, your learning and memory performance, your ability to cope with pressure and your understanding of the causes of psychological disorders.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 Psychology content:

 

A-level Psychology

Topic

Content

· Social influence

· Memory

· Attachment

 

Introductory Topics in Psychology

This unit includes learning about social influence (why we obey, conform and change the majority’s point of view), memory (how it works, why we forget and how memory with crime works) and attachment (how our relationships with caregivers as children affects us as adults).

 

· Approaches in psychology

· Psychopathology

· Research methods

Psychology in Context:

This unit includes learning about the different schools of psychology from behaviourist to biopsychology, how stress is registered and how human behaviour is studied as a psychological science and psychopathology (how mental health disorders affect people and how they are treated).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 13 Psychology content:

 

A-level Psychology

Topic

Content

· Social influence

· Memory

· Attachment

· Psychopathology

Introductory Topics in Psychology

This unit includes learning about social influence (why we obey, conform and change the majority’s point of view), memory (how it works, why we forget and how memory with crime works), attachment (how our relationships with caregivers as children affects us as adults) and psychopathology (how mental health disorders affect people and how they are treated).

 

· Approaches in psychology

· Biopsychology

· Research methods

Psychology in Context:

This unit includes learning about the different schools of psychology from behaviourist to biopsychology, how stress is registered and how human behaviour is studied as a psychological science.

 

· Relationships

· Schizophrenia

· Forensic Psychology

Issues and Options in Psychology:

This unit includes learning about psychological debates (such as is it nature or nurture that is more important), relationships (why we need them and why they break down), schizophrenia (what it is, the different causes and treatment), and aggression (how it occurs in gangs, why we are aggressive people and if there is a biological basis).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skills gained and enrichment opportunities:

Psychology develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace.

Progression/career opportunities:

Psychology is a great subject if you are interested in working with people (i.e. counsellor, market

researcher, psychiatrist, teacher or nurse). However, it is essential if you wish to become a sport, forensic, developmental, occupational or clinical psychologist.

 

The Psychology Team

  • Ms M O'Brien – Head of Psychology
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