Sixth Form

Useful Links

GSO Test

Psychology

“Every human is unique with free will” - Humanistic Psychology.

If you are fascinated by how the brain works and why people think and behave the way they do, then psychology at Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form is the course for you!

Studying psychology at B.G.G.S will allow you to think about information in a variety of ways, including thinking about how it is relevant to your life and experiences. This will enable you to gain an awareness of important issues such as mental health which will give you the ability to understand your own needs as well as others.

All aspects of psychology have real life application including developing treatments for addiction, helping to make eye witness testimonies more accurate to prevent miscarriages of justice and developing an understanding of why some people are more likely to obey unjust authority. Psychology will also equip you to use your knowledge of human behaviour throughout your life and grow into a more empathetic individual.

This course will allow you to develop higher order thinking skills, such as application to real life case studies, implications of psychological research and analysis of different approaches within psychology. This will provide you will transferable skills to enable you to succeed in all your subjects and prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Assessment

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Year 10 Psychology

Term

Topic/

Key Enquiry questions

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Research Methods

How do psychologists plan and carry out experiments?

Data handling and analysis

Formulation of hypotheses/planning and conducting research/research procedures and designing research

Memory

How is memory processed and remembered?

How is memory stored?

What factors affects the accuracy of memory?

End of topic assessment

Timed exam questions during lessons including planning/designing research questions

Assessed alongside all other topic assessments

Summer mock

End of topic assessment

Timed essays in lessons

Assessed in future end of topic assessments

Summer mock

 

Spring

Development

Understanding early brain development and the role of nature and nurture in this

How do children construct a mental model of the world?

Are children egocentric at the age of 2-7 years?

What is the role of praise and self-efficacy beliefs in learning?

How can a fixed/growth mindset affect learning?

End of topic assessment

Timed essays in lessons

Assessed in future end of topic assessments

Summer mock

 

Summer

Perception

What is the difference between sensation and perception?

How do visual cues help us perceive?

Explanations of visual illusions

How does Gregory explain the influence of nurture on our perceptual abilities?

How does Gibson explain the influence of nature on our perceptual abilities?

What factors affect our perceptual set?

End of topic assessment

Timed essays in lessons

Assessed in future end of topic assessments

Summer mock

 

[Top of the page]

Year 11 Psychology

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry questions

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Brain & neuropsychology

Structure and function of the nervous system

Neuron structure and function

How does Hebb explain learning and neuronal growth?

Structure and function of the brain

How does the structure and function of the brain relate to behaviour and cognition?

How are scanning techniques used to identify brain functioning?

A basic understanding of how neurological damage, e.g. stroke or injury can affect motor abilities and behaviour.

Psychological problems

What are the characteristics of mental health?

How does the incidence of significant mental health problems changes over time?

Effects of significant mental health problems on individuals and society

What are the characteristics of clinical depression?

What is the biological explanation for depression?

How are antidepressant medications used?

What is the psychological explanation for depression?

How is CBT used to treat depression?

What are the characteristics of addiction?

How does nature and nurture explain addictive behaviours?

Are interventions and therapies effective when treating addictive behaviours?

End of topic assessment

Timed essays in lessons

Assessed in future end of topic assessments

Spring

Language, thought & communication

Social Influence

What is the relationship between language and thought?

The effect of language and thought on our view of the world

Differences between human and animal communication

What is the function of non-verbal communication?

Explanations of non-verbal behaviour

Identification and explanation of how social factors affect conformity to majority influence.

Explanation of dispositional factors affecting obedience

 

End of topic assessment

Timed essays in lessons

Assessed in future end of topic assessments

Summer

Social Influence

How do social factors affect bystander intervention?

How do social factors affect crowd and collective behaviour?

 

Extra-Curricular Activities 

 Top of the page]

Year 12 Psychology

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry questions

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Psychopathology

How is abnormality defined?

What are the behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobia

The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression

The biological approach to explaining and treating OCD

Where did psychology originate from?

What are the different perspectives in explaining human behaviour?

What is the influence of nature and nurture on human behaviour?

Which is the best approach in explaining human behaviour?

The divisions of the nervous system: central and peripheral (somatic and autonomic).

The structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons. The process of synaptic transmission, including reference to neurotransmitters, excitation and inhibition.

The function of the endocrine system: glands and hormones.

The fight or flight response including the role of adrenalin

Research Methods

How do psychologists plan and carry out experiments?

Data handling and analysis

Formulation of hypotheses/planning and conducting research/research procedures and designing research

 

End of topic assessment

Timed essays in lessons

Assessed in future end of topic assessments

Mock exam

Spring

Attachment

Caregiver-infant interactions in humans

Animal studies of attachment

Explanations of attachment

How does nature and nurture explain attachment?

What are the types of attachment?

Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation

The influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships

Memory

How is memory processed and remembered?

How is memory stored?

What factors affects the accuracy of memory?

How can cognitive interview improve the accuracy of memory?

 

 

Summer

Social Influence

What are the types and explanations of conformity?

Conformity to social roles as investigated by Zimbardo

Explanations for obedience

Explanations of resistance to social influence

The role of social influence processes in social change.

Yr2 Approaches & Biopsychology

How do humanistic psychologists explain human behaviour?

How does the unconscious determine our behaviour?

Localisation of function in the brain and hemispheric lateralisation

Ways of studying the brain

The effect of endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers on the sleep/wake cycle

End of topic assessment

Timed essays in lessons

Assessed in future end of topic assessments

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

 Top of the page]

Year 13 Psychology

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry questions

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Issues & Debates

What is gender and culture bias in psychology?

How does nature and nurture explain our behaviour differently?

Does free will influence our behaviour more or determinism?

Holism and reductionism: levels of explanation in Psychology.

What are the ethical implications of research?

Schizophrenia

What classifies as Schizophrenia?

Biological explanations for Schizophrenia

Psychological explanations for Schizophrenia

Biological treatments of Schizophrenia (antipsychotics)

Psychological treatments of Schizophrenia (CBT, token economies and family therapy)

The interactionist positon in explaining and treating Schizophrenia

Addiction

Describing addiction: physical and psychological dependence, tolerance and withdrawal syndrome.

Risk factors in the development of addiction, including genetic vulnerability, stress, personality, family influences and peers.

Explanations for nicotine addiction: brain neurochemistry, including the role of dopamine, and learning theory as applied to smoking behaviour, including reference to cue reactivity.

Explanations for gambling addiction: learning theory as applied to gambling, including reference to partial and variable reinforcement; cognitive theory as applied to gambling, including reference to cognitive bias.

Reducing addiction: drug therapy; behavioural interventions, including aversion therapy and covert sensitisation; cognitive behaviour therapy.

The application of the following theories of behaviour change to addictive behaviour; the theory of planned behaviour and Prochaska’s six-stage model of behaviour change.

End of topic assessment

Timed essays in lessons

Assessed in future end of topic assessments

 

Spring

Cognition & Development

How does Piaget explain cognitive development?

How is Vygotsky’s position to cognitive development different to that of Piaget’s?

Research on violation of expectation with babies

How does social cognition develop according to Selman?

How does the mirror neuron system impact social cognition?

Research Methods

How is a content analysis carried out?

How to work out inferential tests, what factors affect the choice of inferential test?

What is the difference between a case study and studies?

Types of validity and reliability across all methods of investigation

Reporting psychological investigations

To what extent is psychology a science?

Analysing correlation coefficients

What are type 1 and type 2 errors?

End of topic assessment

Timed essays in lessons

Assessed in future end of topic assessments

Carrying out psychological research

 

Summer

 

 

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Top of the page]

How we assess what your child has been taught:

PSYCHOLOGY

How will classwork be marked/

monitored/

graded/

self-assessed?

KS4

Exercise books marked using marking policy and feedback sheet completed – includes working at level, things that need to be improved, what went well and a question/reflection for students to complete.

Selection of books monitored (book scrutiny) each half term per GCSE class.

Tests are kept in a folder with a progress grid showing target and result for each mid topic and end of topic test and re-sit tests.

KS5

Exam questions and timed essays completed in class are marked using the AQA mark scheme and holistic marking grid via a mixture of peer assessment, self-assessment and teacher marking.

Levels and scores are given as well as WWW and EBI.

What classwork will be marked?

KS4

Exercise books, which includes practice exam questions,  mid-topic tests and end of topic tests and homework booklets (for some topics)

Tests are kept in a folder with a progress grid showing target and result for each mid topic and end of topic test

KS5

Timed essays, end of topic tests and mock exams are marked.

Students expected to take ownership of learning at this key stage so notes made in lessons are not marked.

How will students ‘reflect’ on marking/ feedback?

KS4

Feedback sheet includes WWW, ways to improve work, key marking codes and a question/reflection for students to complete.

Students will also complete WWW and EBI type reflections after practice exam questions, mid-topic and end of topic tests and complete a progress grid showing target and results for tests (kept in their folder).

Students will complete improved answers in green pen

KS5

Students will complete WWW and EBI type reflections after timed essays, practice exam questions and mid-topic and end of topic tests and mock exams.

Improved answers are made by students using green pen.

 

How will Homework be marked/

monitored/

graded?

KS4 – For some topics, students have exam question homework booklets, marked using the AQA mark scheme and holistic marking grid, students are given comments explaining WWW and EBI and make improved answers in green pen.

KS5 – Timed essays marked using the AQA mark scheme and holistic marking grid, students are given comments explaining WWW and EBI.

What are the formal Assessments? When are they marked?

Mid-topic tests and end of topic tests and mock exams (KS4)

Timed essays throughout the topics, end of topic tests and mock exams (KS5)