Psychology

Holly Stephens

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour.  Psychologists are interested in factors that influence our development, perceptions and experiences, and applying research to settings as varied as clinical practice, schools, the army and television. 

You will study the core areas of psychology including memory, attachment, psychopathology, biopsychology, research methods, gender and forensic psychology.  This syllabus is new for September 2015 but continues to develop skilled valued by Higher Education including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

The course is externally assessed.  Three exams are taken: the first as on introductory topics; the second on Psychology in context and the third on issues in Psychology.

Key Stage 5 Overview – (include specification and current certification grading & qualification code – Ofqual)

  • Psychology AQA (7181 and 7182)What we study
    Summer 2015 A2 Research Methods A2 Research Methods A2 Research Methods Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays
    Autumn 1 Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships Appraoches in Psycholgy Appraoches in Psycholgy Half-term holidays
    Autumn 2 Appraoches in Psycholgy A2 Research Methods A2 Research Methods A2 Research Methods A2 Research Methods A2 Research Methods A2 Mock Examinations Christmas Holidays Christmas Holidays
    Spring 1 Eating Behavour Eating Behavour Eating Behavour Eating Behavour Eating Behavour Eating Behavour Holidays    
    Spring 2 Biopsychology Biopsychology Biopsychology Biopsychology Biopsychology Easter holidays Easter holidays    
    Summer 1 Forensic Psychology Forensic Psychology Forensic Psychology Forensic Psychology Forensic Psychology Revision Revision Half-term holidays  
    Summer 2 Revision Revision A2 Exams: 7th, 14th and 22nd June 2017            

Students will be set 2 hours of homework per week. This could including independent research or the completion of past papers and exam questions

Lunchtime Psychology club (encourages A2 students to begin early revision of AS content), links with local universities, school trips

 

Sociology

Holly Stephens

Glenda Clark: Teacher of Sociology

Sociology examines society and how people interact with each other through a variety of familiar scenarios but considered from Functionalist, Marxist, Weberian, Neo Marxist, Feminist and Post Modernist perspectives. Families and Households, Education, Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance are all explored through the use of Research Methods and Theories. This subject will make you consider whether you really know and understand the world around you or are you just scratching the surface. The question is: Do you dare to dig deeper? If so, then sociology is for you.

Key Stage 5 Overview (include specification and current certification grading & qualification code – Ofqual)

AQA Sociology 7191 – AS, 7192 – A Level

What we study?

A2 Long Term Plan

Summer 2016 Researching Social Life Choices in Research:Methods and Practicalities Choices in Research: Ethics and Theories Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays
Autumn 1 Quantitative Research Methods Qualitative Research Methods Questionnaires and Interviews Secondary Sources of Data Practical research project based on Education The Role of Education in Society Half-term holidays
Autumn 2 The Role of Education in Society Class and Educational Achievement Class and Educational Achievement                                                                                        Social Policy and Education Ethnicity and Educational Achievement Ethnicity and Educational Achievement Gender Educational Achievement and Subject Choice Gender Educational Achievement and Subject Choice  Exam technique Christmas Holidays
Spring 1 Relationships and Processes in Schools Relationships and Processes in Schools Social Policy and Education Apply your learning The Family, Social Structure and Social Change Holidays  
Spring 2 The Family and Social Policy The Family and Social Policy Demographic Trends and Family Life  Marriage, Divorce and Family Diversity  Marriage, Divorce and Family Diversity Domestic Labour Easter holidays    
Summer 1 Domestic Labour Power Relationships and the Family Power Relationships and the Family The Social Construction of Childhood The Social Construction of Childhood Revision Revision Half-term holidays  
Summer 2              

AS Long Term Plan

Summer 2016 Consensus, Conflict, Structural, Social Action and Interpretivist Theories Feminism Late – Modern and Postmodern Sociological Theories. Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays Summer holidays
Autumn 1 The Relationship between Sociological Theories and Research Methods Sociology and Science Values and Ethics Sociology and Social Policy Ideology, Science and Religion Half-term holidays
Autumn 2 Ideology, Science and Religion Secularisation, Globalisation and Fundamentalism Theories of the role and function of Religion Theories of the role and function of Religion Functionalist, strain and subcultural theories Religious Organisations Religious Organisations  The Relationship between Religiosity and Social Class, Ethnicity, Gender and Age  The Relationship between Religiosity and Social Class, Ethnicity, Gender and Age  Exam technique Christmas Holidays
Spring 1  Secularisation, Globalisation and Fundamentalism Functionalist, strain and subcultural theories Labelling Theory Marxists and Critical Criminologies Holidays  
Spring 2 Marxists and Critical Criminologies Realist Theories of Crime Realist Theories of Crime Statistics and Patterns of Crime Ethnicity and Crime Gender and Crime Easter holidays    
Summer 1 Social Class and Crime Globalisation, Human Rights, State and Green Crime Crime and the Media Control Prevention and Punishment; Victims; the Criminal Justice System Revision Revision Revision Half-term holidays  
Summer 2              

This will depend on how quickly you work. There are podcasts to listen to with explanations and subject content which are a maximum of 15 minutes in length each. Some students listen and then make notes on what they can remember. Others pause and make notes. Research topics will also be given and practice questions.

This subject links well with Psychology and English specifically but beyond that it gives you the chance to examine the world around you and consider the role that you play within society.