In Psychology you will learn about human behaviour, and the reasons behind why we behave the way we do. Studying Psychology teaches you evaluation skills that can help you in all types of subjects. Some of the topics we cover are:

  • How do I remember?
  • Babies and children
  • Why am I afraid?
  • Criminal behaviour
  • Why do we obey?
  • What makes me who I am?
  • Perception of the world
  • Communicating without words

You will continue to work and learn in some of the ways you have been in your KS3 lessons. You will however learn to interpret information in a new way and evaluate it.

You will access information through a variety of sources, including pictures, essays and newspaper articles.

You will develop a range of techniques to present information.  This will include essays, but it will also be important to use a variety of methods. You will learn to answer exam questions to the best of your ability.

You will have the opportunity to use a range of Smarts e.g. body, picture, music and word.

The final assessment will be through examinations at the end of year 11

Year 9:

Lessons are fast paced and insightful and students will be able to analyse others behaviour in a whole new light following their studies in Psychology. In year 9 they will look at the following topics:

  • Obedience
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Phobias
  • Sex & Gender

Year 9 students also attend a trip to London Zoo where they get to interview people about their animal phobias.

Year 10 & 11:

In years 10 and 11 students will investigate research methods in Psychology further by experimenting cognitive development ideas on primary school children. The topics studied in years 10 and 11 are:

  • Criminal behaviour
  • Perception
  • Cognitive development
  • Non-verbal communications
  • The Self

Skills and competencies developed in this course:

Communication – discussions, making presentations, writing a range of documents and essays including evaluation skills

Research skills – researching; identifying, selecting and analysing evidence

Personal Organisation – planning, meeting deadlines and targets.