Psychology – Key Stage 5

Year 12

Halt TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 11. Research Methods
2. Cognitive (Memory)
1. Develop an appreciation of scientific methods
2. Analyse and interpret data
3. Evaluate theories and research evidence
4. Understand the models of memory
Autumn HT 21. Cognitive (Memory)
2. Developmental (Attachment)
1. Apply knowledge and understanding of cognitive psychology to scenario questions
2. Contribution of ideas in group work
3. Understand how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
Spring HT 11. Mock Exams
2. Approaches
3. Biopsychology
1. Develop knowledge and understanding of the main assumptions
2. Be able to recognise and sketch the divisions of the nervous system and types of neurons
Spring HT 21. Biopsychology
2. Psychopathology
1. To explain the function of the endocrine system
2. Understand the flight or fight response
Summer HT 11. Social Influence
2. Exam Leave - paper 1 and 2
1. Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of Social Influence theories
2. Be able to apply knowledge & understanding to a range of psychological contexts
Summer HT 21. A Level Approaches
2. A Level Research Methods
3. A Level Biopsychology

Year 13

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 11. The Assumptions and methods of the Psychodynamic and Humanistic Approaches
2. The strengths and limitations & contributions of the psychoanalytical approach and the humanistic approach
3. Research Methods yr 2
4. Issues and Debates
1. Accessing and reading psychological material.
2. Independent learning skills.
3. Use of subject specific psychological terminology.
4. Explanation skills.
5. Critical thinking, developing lines of argument, drawing conclusions.
6. Problem solving /analytic /application skills
7. Presentation skills and the ability to respond to feedback
8. Critical thinking and discussion skills.
9. Understanding abstract concepts.
10. Developing lines of argument and discursive skills.
11. Exchange ideas /have a view – ownership of knowledge
Autumn HT 21. Biopsychology - Localisation of function, methods of studying the brain, bio rhythms
2. Revision
3. Gender Development
1. Accessing and reading psychological /biological material.
2. Understanding abstract concepts.
3. Explaining processes involved in investigating the brain.
4. Independent learning skills.
5. Use of subject specific psychological /biological terminology.
6. Developing lines of argument and discursive skills
Spring HT 11. Mock exam
2. Gender Development
3. Schizophrenia
1. Accessing and reading psychological material.
2. Independent learning skills.
3. Use of subject specific psychological terminology.
4. Explanation skills.
5. Group work skills
6. Critical thinking, developing lines of argument , drawing conclusions.
7. Weighing up the strengths and limitations of the psychological explanations
Spring HT 2Forensic Psychology1. Accessing and reading psychological material.
2. Independent learning skills.
3. Use of subject specific psychological terminology.
4. Explanation skills.
5. Group work skills
6. Critical thinking, developing lines of argument , drawing conclusions.
7. Weighing up the strengths and limitations of the psychological explanations
Summer HT 11. Forensic Psychology
2. Revision and exam techniques
Summer HT 2