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Psychology

Welcome to the LHS Psychology Department

Why should I choose Psychology?

 

Teaching Staff

 

Laura Leon (Subject Leader) 

Heidy Davies

 

 

Key Stage 5 Information

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. The discipline of Psychology embraces all aspects of the human experience– from the functions of the brain to the environment in which humans and other animals develop.

This course has been designed to provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology as a science. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge, thereby developing your transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

LHS A-Level Psychology Results 2019:

A* - A - 25% 
A* - C - 81.25% 
A* - E - 100%

 

At A level we follow the WJEC specification. Information and the full specification can be found here.

 

At AS level you will study topics such as:

Unit 1: Psychology Past to Present

You will look at five approaches;

Behavioural approach, Cognitive approach, Psychodynamic approach Positive Psychology and the Biological approach. We will then look at classic research related to each approach and will apply each approach to the formation of a relationship.

Unit 2: Using Psychological concepts

You will also study Research Methods and contemporary Debates in Psychology such as; Ethics of Neuroscience and reliability of Eye Witness Testimony.

 

At A2 level you will study topics such as:

Unit 3: Implications in the Real World

You will look at the study of 3 behaviours; Addiction, Criminal Behaviour and Stress. You will look at the explanations and treatments for these 3 behaviours.

Unit 4: Applied Research Methods

You will carry out a personal investigation and then apply Research Methods learnt to novel scenarios.

 

AS - Topics and Assessment

Unit

Assessment

A level weighting and marks

Content and question type

AS Unit 1: Psychology Past to Present Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

20% of qualification

(80 Marks)

Compulsory questions relating to five psychological approaches and classic pieces of research.

AS Unit 2: Using Psychological concepts Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

20% of qualification

(80 marks)

Section A: Contemporary debate One question linked to the given debates.

Section B: Principles of research and application of research methods Principles of research
Compulsory questions on the theory of psychological research (including the work of social and developmental psychologists).

Application of research methods to a novel scenario
Compulsory questions requiring a response to a piece of research previously unseen

 

A2 - Topics and Assessment

Unit

Assessment

A level weighting and marks

Content and question type

A2 Unit 3: Implications in the Real World Written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification 
(100 marks)

Section A: The study of behaviours Three structured essays from a choice of six.

Section B: Controversies in psychology One question from a choice of two requiring a synoptic exploration of psychological controversies.

A2 Unit 4: Applied Research Methods Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 20% of qualification
(60 marks)

Section A: Personal investigations Compulsory questions based on investigative activities carried out prior to the assessment.

Section B: Application of research methods to novel scenarios Compulsory questions requiring a response to pieces of research.

Resources

Useful Books/Journals

The Complete Companions for WJEC: Year 1 and AS Psychology Student Book (Psychology Complete Companion)
We recommend buying a copy of this book, it can be bought through school or through Amazon.

AS Level Psychology: The Study Guide by Nigel Holt - Available through Amazon.

Psychology Review – various editions covering different topics written especially for A level students.

 

Useful revision sites

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/psychology/psychology-gce-a-as/wjec-gce-psychology-sams-from-2015.pdf?language_id=1

 

Some useful Websites/Magazines.

http://www.oxfordschoolblogs.co.uk/psychcompanion/blog/when-an-experiment-is-not-an-experiment-1255/

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.uniview.co.uk/acatalog/psychology-websites.html

www.resourcd.co.uk

 

 

RESOURCES

Prospectus
Sixth Form Prospectus
Policy & Equality Documents