Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour and, as such, is concerned with how, when and why we think, feel and behave as we do. Psychology uses the methods of the sciences to make sense of human behaviour. Most people are interested in other people and would like to
understand them better, as well as reaching a better understanding of themselves. Studying Psychology will enable students to investigate topics such as aggression, abnormality and dreams; psychology seeks answers to questions such as: What is the influence of childhood experience?

Key Staff

Mrs R Hume - Head of Department
Miss H Butler - Teacher of Social Sciences
Mr G Croxon - Teacher of Social Sciences

Curriculum Intent

Our students have the opportunity to understand the enormous range of human behaviour and its impact (good and bad). We teach Psychology to help learners develop insight into their behaviour as well as that of others.


Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour and, as such, is concerned with why we think, feel and act as we do. Most students find this intrinsically interesting and are keen to find explanations for the actions both of others and themselves. Psychology uses the research methods of the sciences to investigate the human mind and to find out about and make sense of human behaviour. It seeks answers to such questions as: why do people behave the way they do? Why do people develop phobias? Will children imitate aggressive behaviour? Why do people obey?


Psychology uses the methods of the sciences to make sense of human behaviour. Studying Psychology will enable learners to investigate topics such as aggression, abnormality and dreams; psychology seeks answers to questions such as: how do childhood experiences influence us? Are the brains of killers different?

Unit One: Studies and Applications in Psychology:
Written examination 50% - 1 hour 15 minutes
This unit examines psychological research from the 5 main approaches in psychology and aims to answer questions such as:

  • How does our biology influence our gendered behaviour? Study of castrated twin boy raised as a girl
  • How does our memory work? Study of the memory of TV adverts

Unit Two: Studies and Applications in Psychology 2:
Written examination 50% - 1 hour 15 minutes
As with unit one different area of psychology are applied to questions such as:

  • Why do people commit a crime? Study of criminal genes
  • How does perception operate? Study of depth perception

Assessment for the GCSE is in the form of two final exams taken at the end of Year 11 of the course. Pupils starting the GCSE course from Sept 2017 will be graded 1-9.

GCSE Psychology can lead to the study of any Social Science subjects in the Sixth Form - A-Level Psychology, A-Level Sociology, BTEC Health Care Studies and Diploma in Criminology. It is also an incredibly versatile subject and is beneficial for any career where you need to work with and influence people. Particularly good examples would be; advertising, marketing, human resources and management.

Year 10 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 11 Curriculum Assessment Plan

 A-Level: OCR

The first year of the course examines the approaches in psychology and some classical Psychology experiments as well as contemporary research. The second year of the course builds on this and examines the contribution psychology has made to understanding a range of issues including issues such as crime, our relationship to the environment and mental health issues.

What will the lessons be like? You will be involved in many different activities such as being asked to give your thoughts on the issues through discussions. In addition, to reading and note taking there will be opportunities to watch documentaries, work in groups and research different aspects of a topic that interests you.

The course will give you a greater understanding of human behaviour and a wide range of transferable skills including data collection, analysis and written and oral communication. Therefore, these skills and knowledge of Psychology are relevant to any career involving contact with other people and particularly relevant to such careers in teaching, medicine, personnel management and social work, as well as, customer relations, the police, journalism, advertising, and the law. An A Level in Psychology can help you to get into work but is also recognised as a sound preparation for University.

Assessment of the A-Level is in the form of three 2hour final exams taken at the end of the second year of the course:

Component 1: Research methods (01)
90 marks
Written paper 2 hours

Component 2: Psychological themes through core studies (02)
105 marks
Written paper 2 hours

Component 3: Applied psychology (03)

  • Issues in Mental Health
  • Crime
  • Environment

105 marks
Written paper 2 hours

Year 12 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 13 Curriculum Assessment Plan

For further information regarding our Social Sciences Curriculum please contact:
Mrs Hume