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Psychology - A level

Year 12

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Know the biological approach including the influence of genes, biological structures and neurochemistry on evolution and behaviour
  • Create a map of functions in the brain and know how we can find these brain and biological structures through using a variety of medical tools
  • Apply biological knowledge to the study of OCD and biorythms.

ASSESSMENT

A mix of short AO1 questions testing knowledge and longer essay questions promoting the use of Psychological debates such as nature -v- nurture

HOMEWORK

Create a brain map showing the main structures and their functions.

Term 1.2
  • Know learning approaches including the work of Pavlov on classical conditioning and the work of Skinner on operant conditioning
  • Understand the behavioural approach to explaining the development and treatment of phobias
  • Apply knowledge of social learning
    theory to Bandura's research on aggression.

ASSESSMENT

End of topic assessment - "Learning Theory"

HOMEWORK

Produce a poster on Bandura's study on Aggression including the conditions and results. Is the study ethical? Refer to BPS guidelines.

Term 2.1
  • Know the cognitive approach and how it explains the interaction between thoughts and behaviours.
  • Understand the emergence of cognitive neuroscience and how it can be used to explain and treat depression.
  • Know the psychodynamic approach including the role of the unconscious, the structure of personality, defence mechanisms and the psychosexual stages.

ASSESSMENT

Create a CBT script or presentation based on a scenario. Must refer to irrational thoughts, models and an explanation, with evaluation, of the use of CBT.

HOMEWORK

Create a table to show the psychosexual stages in childhood and how they link to adult behaviour.

Term 2.2
  • Know the multi-store model of memory and the features of each store. Develop knowledge of procedures used in memory experiments.
  • Develop knowledge of the main features of the working memory model. Compare explanations for forgetting.
  • Know factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony and how to improve it.

ASSESSMENT

Carry out and write up a memory experiment to test either the Multi-store model or the Working Memory model. Aspects of research methods will also be tested in this report.

HOMEWORK

Carry out your memory experiment on at least ten participants (not Psychology students).

Term 3.1
  • Know what attachments stages are and compare human attachment to animal studies.
  • Compare explanations of attachment: learning theory and Bowlby's monotropic theory. Apply this theory to Ainsworth's 'Strange Situation' and cultural variations.
  • Know Bowlby's theory of maternal deprivation and apply to the effects of institutionalisation.

ASSESSMENT

A mix of short AO1 questions testing knowledge and longer essay questions promoting the use of Psychological debates such as nature -v- nurture, free will and determinism.

HOMEWORK

Produce a visual mind map to show one aspect of attachment which could be used as a revision tool by other students who will peer assess your work by looking at its usability.

Term 3.2
  • Know types and explanations of conformity. Apply this to the research done by Asch and Zimbardo.
  • Know explanations for obedience and apply to the work of Milgram. Understand explanations of resistance to social influence and the strength of a minority.
  • Apply all knowledge to the Summer Progress Exam. Revision will be a mixture of formal revision during lesson time and voluntary, taking place in an agreed intervention slot.

ASSESSMENT

Summer progress exam (which will assess ALL knowledge gained throughout the year).

HOMEWORK

Complete questions on social influence in preparation for the summer progress exam.

Year 13

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Recap understanding and skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to relevant theories of eating behaviour.
  • Understand the major approaches in
    psychology (cognitive, biological, behavioural and psychodynamic) in their second topic of unit 3.
  • Develop an appreciation of issues and debates as relevant to each topic studied, for example issues of bias, the role of
    animals in research, ethical issues found in their second topic of unit 3.

ASSESSMENT

End of eating behaviour assessment containing past exam questions.

HOMEWORK

Complete exam questions, at least one a week, to stagger assessment marking and allow for improvement until final hand in date.

Term 1.2
  • Know, understand and increase analytical skills and evaluation in relation to relevant theories of chosen topics 2 and 3.
  • Understand the major approaches in
    psychology (cognitive, biological, behavioural and psychodynamic) for the final two Topic choices of Unit three.
  • Develop an appreciation of issues and debates as relevant to each topic studied, for example, issues of bias, the role of
    animals in research, ethical issues

ASSESSMENT

Two end of topic assessments containing past exam questions.

HOMEWORK

Complete exam questions, at least one a week, to stagger assessment marking and allow for improvement until final hand in date.

Term 2.1
  • Know clinical characteristics of phobias as well as the issues surrounding the classification and diagnosis of phobias.
  • Compare biological explanations and therapies of phobias through evaluating the appropriateness and effectiveness of each one.
  • Compare psychological explanations and therapies of phobias through evaluating the appropriateness and effectiveness of each one.

ASSESSMENT

Winter progress exam: One past exam paper. Only answer questions of the three topics studied.

HOMEWORK

Revision for winter progress exam

Term 2.2
  • Know explanations of media influences on pro- and anti-social behaviour including the effects of computers and video games on
    behaviour.
  • Know and apply explanations for the persuasiveness of television advertising.
  • Understand the attraction of 'celebrity', through researching into intense fandom, celebrity worship and celebrity stalking.

ASSESSMENT

Media psychology assessment containing five past exam papers.

HOMEWORK

Produce a presentation for a chosen company on persuasive advertising. Compare two adverts - one you feel is persuasive, one which isn't and use theories to explain your opinion.

Term 3.1
  • Know the major features of science, including the use of empirical methods. Understand how to validate new knowledge and the role of peer review.
  • Create appropriate experiments for past exam scenarios by using appropriate research methods including sampling strategies and showing awareness of issues (ethics and validity). Know the conventions of reporting on psychological investigations.
  • Develop knowledge of four statistical tests, when they are used and how results are reported. Understand how to carry out qualitative research.

ASSESSMENT

Formal assessment based on a range of questions from a number of different past exam papers.

HOMEWORK

Carry out a content analysis of aggression shown before and after the watershed which will be used in a report in aggression (links to media psychology).

Term 3.2
  • Develop further understanding and confidence in unit 3 topics - timetabled revision lessons
  • Apply knowledge of media psychology to a variety of real life scenarios to recap/revise theories.
  • Create a final lessons timetable to help revise for exams.

ASSESSMENT

Actual exams

HOMEWORK

Revise for exams