KS5

Psychology is now classified as the fourth science.  Psychology is a highly valued by many universities including being a popular and useful choice for those hoping to go into medicine, education, health or sport. Students will learn skills such as being able to analyse, interpret, and evaluate. These are key requisites of any degree course and the skills learned in designing and undertaking research are invaluable skills for any future employer. FSG follows the popular A level specification by AQA. 

 

Course Content

Paper 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology (year 1) 

This gives a background to common and well published research into these areas. Students will learn to explain and evaluate the various theories and research studies in these areas.  

For example, in social influence, we look at how other people can affect us and key studies such as Milgram and Asch. In memory we look at the theories behind how or memory functions and works, as well as key studies in this area and applications to real life. Attachment is a developmental topic which also links well to health and social care, it investigates key studies on children and the attachments they make with the family. Lastly Psychopathology investigates three mental health disorders: OCD, depression and phobias, giving explanations for the development of these and also the treatments provided. 

 

Paper 2: Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods (year 1 and 2)

This gives a further understanding of the nature and background into Psychology.

In approaches, the various theories of how behaviour is explained is investigated. For example, behavioural psychology (how we can be conditioned and influenced by the environment around us) , cognitive psychology ( our thought processes)  and biological psychology. 

Biopsychology looks at our physiological functions and how these can also influence our behaviour. This has strong links to biology, for example we will be studying the role of the nervous system, neurons and neurotransmitters and in the second year we will also be investigating biological rhythms (e.g. sleep patterns) and also the localisation and functioning of the brain.  

Research methods will continue throughout the two years and this involved the various methods in which we investigate behaviour. We will look at different types of experiments, observations, self-report techniques and how to design these. There are also opportunities for students to carry out their own psychological research throughout the two years. Research methods also involves the analysis of data and this incorporates mathematical skills such as the interpretation of graphs and in year two, we also apply statistical tests to our research.

 

Paper 3: Issues and Debates in Psychology (year 2)

This is an option based paper. At FSG we currently teach relationships, schizophrenia, addiction, eating behaviour and aggression. You will only be required to cover three of these units. 

In all of the units we look at previous research and theories into the different areas, as well as explanations of these, for example how schizophrenia is developed and treated. Reasons why we can explain aggression, whether it be social factors or biological. Further analytical and evaluative skills will also be drawn upon to discuss and debate the various explanations of behaviour.

We also investigate issues and debates within these topics, for example the role ‘free will’ can play in our behaviour or the nature/nurture debate. 

 

Assessment

Papers 1, 2 and 3: All assessed through individual written examination of 2 hours each after the two year course. 

 

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The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

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