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Curriculum Lead

Mrs V Cleevely - Curriculum Lead Psychology, Criminology & EPQ

Curriculum Principles & Intent

The intent of the Psychology curriculum at both Key Stage 4 and 5 is to develop students' confidence and curiosity. They will understand key theories which cover areas including development, biological and cognitive psychology. Students will challenge themselves to articulate different positions within debates, such as nature-nurture and free will vs holism. Our students will appreciate how psychological knowledge has changed over time, and use their critical thinking skills to consider the impact of this. They will also become highly skilled in a wide range of research methods, and be able to apply these to different situations.

Our Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology provides our students with the opportunity to enjoy an accessible course which covers multiple subjects, including Sociology, Law and Psychology. Students will develop an understanding of the criminal justice system through a focus on both theory and research. They will focus on the types of crime and perception of them, why people commit crimes, and how evidence is collected and its impact in the courtroom. Through analysis of scenarios and real cases, students will build the skills and confidence required to consider a future in the industry.

The study of Psychology and Criminology creates learners who are going to positively influence the community they live in.

GCSE Specifications

Exam board: AQA                            Specification: 8182

Psychology is the study of the mind and people's behaviour. Psychology will provide you with a greater understanding of human behaviour. You will have the opportunity to explore your own ideas as well as the ideas of others and gain an understanding of how psychological theory impacts everyday life.

It will spur on your creative and critical thinking skills and will prompt you to ask questions about the issues that impact on our lives. There will be some opportunities to carry out your own psychological research.

GCSE Psychology is an interesting and challenging course. You will cover the course material through a variety of activities including practical experiments, group work, discussions, and presentations.

The course involves studying a wide range of psychological areas that cover the main issues facing psychologists today.


Paper 1: Cognition and Behaviour

50% of Qualification (1 hour 45 mins, 100 Marks)

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research methods

Paper 2: Social context and  behaviour

50% of Qualification (1 hour 45 mins, 100 Marks)

  • Social Influence
  • Language, thought and communication
  • Brain and neuropsychology
  • Psychological problems

Mode of Assessment:

The GCSE course is a two-year linear course with students sitting two, 1 hour 45 minute exams at the end of year 11.

A Level Specifications

Exam board: AQA                            Specification Number: 7182

Aim of Course:

Students are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of psychological concepts as well as a greater appreciation of psychological research; the ability to apply this knowledge to real life situations; critically analyse and evaluate the value of psychological research and its credibility as an explanation of human behaviour.

The study of psychology at A level will appeal to students who are curious about people and are interested in exploring the reasons for their behaviour. It is a versatile A level subject as it complements a variety of different A level subjects and is a credible A level for university application.

For A level psychology students need to be sensitive, open minded and willing to accept that there are no 'right or wrong' answers. Psychology is a science with cutting edge research that can be applied to issues we see in everyday life, such as psychological disorders, relationships and social influence.


Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology

33.3% of Qualification (2 hours, 98 Marks)

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in context

33.3% of Qualification (2 hours, 98 Marks)

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology

33.3% of Qualification (2 hours, 98 Marks)

  • Issues and debates
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction

Mode of Assessment:

The A level course is a two-year linear course with students sitting three, 2 hour exams at the end of year 13.

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Career Paths


Psychology is an excellent GCSE subject choice because you will be developing a number of different skills that can be used in a wide range of subjects. These include:

  • Evaluation Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Debating/discussion Skills
  • Researching Skills

The course material and skills you develop when studying GCSE Psychology will prepare you for the A Level Psychology course.

In addition to the obvious progression onto degree courses in Psychology, a good A Level grade in this subject will be accepted as part of the qualification for the vast majority of degree courses.

Universities and employers view qualifications in psychology very favourably as this indicates good communication skills and confidence, which are important to any career.

There are so many jobs you can go into with a psychology degree, including:

  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychiatrist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Child Psychologist
  • Sport Psychologist

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