Psychology – Key Stage 4

Year 10

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 1Memory

1. Flow of memory
2. MSM and explanations of memory
3. Explanations of forgetting
4. Eyewitness testimony
1. A01 – Knowledge of basic memory mechanisms, and research surrounding this field
2. A03 – to begin to analyse the effectiveness of research.
3. A02 – Particularly with EWT, how does the research apply to the real world?
4. Focus on recognising each assessment objective, and knowing the skills involved
Autumn HT 2Non-Verbal Communication

1. Verbal communication and paralinguistics
2. Eye contact
3. Body language
4. Personal space
1. AO1 - knowledge of terminology associated with communication, and research surrounding this field
2. A03 – students are introduced to further issues which can be used to evaluate research.
3. Students can then combine A01 and A03 skills to answer 6 mark questions.
4. A02 – Students think about where communication matters in real life and the impact it might have, and distinguish between an ‘application’ and an ‘implication’.
Spring HT 1Personality

1. Personality vs temperament
2. Eysenck's type theory
3. Personality scales
Anti-social personality disorder
1. AO1 - knowledge of terminology associated with personality, and research surrounding this field
2. A02 – students are able to experience a personality test, and find out their own personality types. They also learn how psychological research can be applied to the medical world and diagnosis procedures for APD.
Spring HT 2Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination

1. Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
2. Authoritarian personality
3. In groups/out groups
4. Reducing prejudice
1. AO1 - knowledge of terminology associated with SP&D, and research surrounding this field
2. A02 – students are able to apply their knowledge of stereotyping and prejudice by analysing everyday life, such as TV commercials
3. A03 – Students evaluate the effectiveness of research into SP&D using a balanced argument approach, they will also be introduced to ethical issues which can be used to evaluate.
Summer HT 1Mock preparation

1. Revision - memory
2. Revision - NVC
3. Revision - Personality
4. Revision - SPD
5. Mock feedback lesson
1. Students will spend time reviewing each topic area, using varying revision strategies.
2. Students use practice questions to exercise the skills (AO1,2,3) learned across the unit so far.
3. Focus on exam technique
Summer HT 2Research methods

1. Experiments and experimental design
2. Standardised procedures
3. Sampling
4. Data analysis
5. Ethical issues
1. AO1 - knowledge of the different issues associated with psychological research, and relevant terminology
2. AO2 – students can use their application skills by looking through previous research covered to apply certain topic areas, and learn to recognise designs etc.
3. AO2 – students apply all their knowledge in writing their own piece of research (summative assessment to end Y10)

Year 11

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 1Learning

1. Classical conditioning
2. Operant conditioning
3. Application of conditioning (phobias)
4. Application of conditioning (aversion therapy)
1. AO1 - knowledge of terminology associated with conditioning, and research surrounding this field
2. AO3 – evaluation, using a balanced argument specific to each research study also applying their knowledge of research methods to evaluate.
3. A02 – Students will begin to think about how learning theory effects their own education, and the importance of recognising how they themselves learn.
Autumn HT 2Social Influence

1. Conformity
2. Obedience
3. Deindividuation
4. Social loafing
5. Bystander intervention
6. Application of social influence
1. A02 – students will have the opportunity to be tested on their level of obedience etc. and will understand the real importance of social influence
2. A01 - knowledge of terminology associated with social influence, and research surrounding this field
3. AO2 - Students study the implication of research in the real world, through 4 key pieces of research.
Spring HT 1Sex and gender

1. Distinction between sex and gender
2. Psychodynamic theory of gender development
3. Social learning linked to gender development
4. Schema theory and gender development
1. A01 - knowledge of terminology associated with sex and gender, and research surrounding this field
2. AO2 – Students make topical links across units, in thinking about how Gender behaviour is learned via social learning theory, and schema theory
3. A03 – Students use their skills of analysis to further evaluate studies, based on findings, outcomes, and issues with the studies designs.
Spring HT 2Aggression

1. What is aggression?
2. Aggression development?
3. Reduction of aggression?
1. A01 - knowledge of terminology associated with aggression, and research surrounding this field
2. AO2 – Students make topical links across units, in thinking about how aggression behaviour is either learned via social learning theory, or is acquired biologically.
3. AO2 – students learn how aggressive nature can be reduced from a practical sense
Summer HT 1Further research methods

1. Survey methods
2. Observation methods
3. Case studies
4. Correlation and data analysis
1. AO1 - knowledge of the different issues associated with psychological research, and relevant terminology
2. AO2 – students can use their application skills by looking through previous research covered to apply certain topic areas, and learn to recognise designs etc.
3. Students recall how to structure a 6 mark answer on research methods.
4. Revision skills sessions linking knowledge of memory from unit 1.
Summer HT 2Exam revision