Mr Warner - Head of Department
- To help understand the role of the brain to explain human behaviour.
- To arouse interest in how the brain functions.
- To encourage awareness as to how our society has tried to use psychology to explain complex behaviours such as conformity, aggression, gender, consumer behaviour.
- To enable students to become independent learners, through the development of essential study skills and to understand the distinctive methodology of psychologists.
- To prepare students for adult life and to encourage them to take an active part in society.
- To teach Psychology within the context of a scientific background.
- To develop the ability to be able to question, analyse and evaluate a wide range of explanations, theories and research.
- To encourage understanding of a broad range of methodology used by psychologists, including experiments, observations etc to demonstrate their understanding orally and in writing supported by an appropriate amount of evidence and psychological knowledge.
- To develop an understanding of different explanations of behaviour e.g. biological and psychological explanations of aggression.
- To ensure that all students are able to make useful connections between what they learn in psychology and relate these to everyday life e.g. conformity, gender.
Key Stage 5 – A LEVEL PSYCHOLOGY
- Resistance to social influence
- Social change
- Models of memory
- Eyewitness Testimony
- Caregiver-infant interactions
- Explanations of attachment
- Effects of disruption to attachments
- Role of neurons
- Fight or flight
- Endocrine system
- Plus many other features of Biopsychology
- Definitions of abnormality
Research methods (including)
- Experiments, Observations, Questionnaires, Interviews, case studies
- Pilot studies
- Plus many more features of research methodology
Issues and debates in society Gender and cultural bias
- Free will and determinism
- Holism and reductionism
- Ethical implications of research
- Sex-role stereotypes
- Explanations of gender development
- Gender dysphoria
- Explanations for food preferences
- Neural and hormonal mechanisms involved in the control of eating behaviour
- Explanations for anorexia nervosa
- Explanations for obesity
- Explanations for the success and failure of dieting
- Offender profiling
- Explanations of offending behaviour
- Dealing with offending behaviour