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Psychology A Level

The Psychology department is committed to ensuring that students develop a deep understanding of the scientific study of the mind, brain and human behaviour. Students will enhance their knowledge of the world we live in with topics including the impacts of authority on behaviour, mental illnesses and eating behaviour.

What will students learn?

Students will learn the scientific study of human mental processes and behaviour. Students will learn about psychological theories and research, which will be applied to a variety of interesting real-life situations! Students will develop their skills of analysis, evaluation, and critical thinking, which will be excellent preparation for higher education!

In KS5 students will study

Year 12
  • Research Methods
  • Memory
  • Social influence
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Psychopathology
Year 13
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates
  • Aggression
  • Gender
  • Biopsychology

How will students receive feedback?

At Paddington, all students will receive regular feedback from formative assessment tasks. Within the curriculum, specific tasks are allocated for feedback. This ensures all students gain regular feedback. Teachers will mark student work and provide targeted feedback that enables students to improve their work and make progress. To support student understanding, teachers plan high-quality re-teach time to prepare students for their feedback. Across each term, students will receive feedback from multiple tasks.

What examinations / assessments do students have at the end of KS5?

Exam board: AQA

Three A level exams, worth 33.3% each. Each paper is two hours' long.

What resources can be used to support learning?

AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 & AS - Revision Guide by Cara Flanagan


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