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Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour. Studying Psychology is about being able to explain and assess explanations for why people behave as they do from different perspectives. Students are able to consider the different perspectives from Behavioural and Cognitive to Biological, and decide how well the approaches describe a variety of behaviours, from eating behaviours to stress.
Students learn to consider why other people’s behaviour may differ from their own, depending on influences such as upbringing and past experiences. They also investigate how research is conducted and the methods of studying behaviour that are used by psychologists. After studying Psychology, students are expected to be able to design their own research.
Psychology is offered at George Salter Academy at Key Stage 5/Post 16 level.
What the students say about the department
"Psychology allows you to learn about real life issues and lets you find out why we do these certain things"
Students are also provided with the opportunity to opt for the Psychology Enrichment Programme as part of their Electives option. In the programme, students receive talks from various experts in the field of Psychology, ranging from Sports Psychologists to Cognitive Behavioural Therapists. As well as this, students are also given the opportunity to attend various trips to carry out observations and experience Psychology first hand in places such as Dudley Zoo, London (exam and lecture conferences) and University visits.
Where can studying Psychology take you?
Students who study psychology are well prepared to study courses that involve analysis and interpretation of data. Students can go on to further study at University, specialising in the branch of psychology that they found most interesting at A Level and it provides a strong basis for many other degree courses. In the workplace, Psychology is seen as a good basis for a wide range of professions where working with other people is central, including, teaching, policing, social work, customer services, counseling and management roles.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
Psychology is not offered at Key Stage 3.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
Psychology is not offered at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 5 / Post 16
The psychology specification considers the nature of psychology as a science. It is for all those with a lively, enquiring and critical mind, an abiding interest in human behaviour, and who are not prepared to accept things at face value.
We follow the AQA Specification.
- Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology: Social influence, Memory, Attachments
- Paper 2: Psychology in context: Approaches in Psychology and Biopsychology, Psychopathology, Research Methods
- Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology: Social influence, Memory, Attachments, Psychopathology
- Paper 2: Psychology in context: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods
- Paper 3: Psychology in context: Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology
- AS: 2 exams, each 1.5 hour long
- A2: 3 two-hour exams
|AS||A-C - 36%
A-E - 91%
|A-C - 54%
A-E - 87%
|A-C - 68%
A-E - 100%
|A2||A-C - 64%
A-E - 96%
|A-C - 79%
A-E - 100%
|A-C - 76%
A-E - 95%