Sixth Form Curriculum
Psychology in the Sixth Form enables students to study something new and exciting. Many students are attracted to studying Psychology and after a few months they soon discover how relevant it is to understanding the world we live in today. Psychology would suit any student who is determined to understand what motivates themselves and others, to think and act in a particular way.
Advanced Subsidiary Curriculum
Students' individual research skills are cultivated early on in the AS course; they have the opportunity to carry out research on their peers and analyse the scientific value of their efforts. They analyse theories of how the human memory works and assess various techniques that are used to enhance the abilities of the human memory. Developmental Psychology enables students to gain an insight into a child's early development and the impact this can have later in life. The Biological side to Psychology is introduced using stress, where students learn the psychological and physical impact on the body. Students debate the usefulness of definitions of normality and what the implications of these are. They are able to evaluate the appropriateness of various therapies offered for a variety of disorders. The most interesting area for students is the Social Psychology, where they study some of the most influential Psychologists of our time, such as Milgram and Zimbardo.
Students who decide to embark on the AS course will enjoy applying a basic knowledge of mathematics and have a solid understanding of the scientific process involved in conducting research. They will also relish the opportunity to discuss theories and research in essays.
Advanced Level Curriculum
At A2 level, students continue to develop and apply their knowledge of the major theoretical approaches. They continue to enhance their writing skills with essays that include a greater discussion of studies and theories and a thorough analysis of the way in which the research was conducted and the value of its conclusions. Students are also expected to be able to debate the major issues and debates involved in Psychological research.
The first unit of the course includes the nature of relationships at various stages and how this varies across cultures, different types of eating behaviours and how these can result in eating disorders and what intelligence is and how this affects one's learning.
The second unit of the course includes a detailed account of a major psychological disorder, the diagnosis of the particular disorder and issues surrounding the treatments offered. This leads on to the topic of addictive behaviour and how this manifests itself in an individual. Lastly students gain a thorough insight into the Psychological research method including an understanding of statistical analysis of data; this equips students with the necessary skills to conduct research at University