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Psychology

What is psychology?

The study of psychology is based on scientific research principles and studies and involves a range of methods, including experiments, brain imaging, interviews, case studies and observations. Results from these studies are analysed using statistical techniques and in-depth qualitative procedures to explain or predict behaviour.

Psychology is a broad discipline that covers a number of topics, such as memory, child development, mental illness and social relationships.

The roots of the subject developed from biology and philosophy and the discipline draws on a number of different approaches to explain human behaviour.

Aims and Vision

Studying A level Psychology at DWHS provides an ideal opportunity for students to gain qualifications which offer an engaging and effective introduction to psychology which will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied psychology before.  It builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.

Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. Central to the study of Psychology at DWHS is thinking like a scientist: we seek to get students asking questions about the quality of evidence psychological theories are based on and to work independently investigating different research method employed to derive such evidence. Our learning takes place in mixed-ability classes, where every student is supported to develop these skills and achieve their full potential in this academically rigorous and demanding subject.

key stage 5

The course offered is the new AQA A Psychology specification. Students learn to critically analyse evidence, construct an academic argument, and evaluate the arguments and evidence presented by academic psychologists.

The subject is an academic one that is highly valued by universities and employers alike, due to the analytical skill set that it develops and the independent, enquiry-driven nature of its study. As a result it is an excellent qualification to support a wide range of professions, including law, management, business, the arts, media, education as well as medicine.

Year 12

Paper 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 72 marks in total
  • 50% of AS

Paper 2 – Psychology I Context

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 72 marks in total
  • 50% of AS

Year 13

Paper 1– Introductory topics in Psychology

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level

Paper 2 – Psychology I Context

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level

Paper 3- Issues and Options in Psychology

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level