The Psychology Department


Key Stage 4

Psychology is an optional subject at GCSE and we study the AQA specification as it offers a broad introduction to the subject. We hope that GCSE psychology will encourage learners to be inspired, moved and challenged by their studies and that they will gain an insight into related sectors, such as science.

Assessment is by two exams at the end of the course. Topics covered include:

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research methods
  • Social influence
  • Language, thought and communication
  • Brain and neuropsychology
  • Psychological problems

Key Stage 5

We study the AQA Psychology A level course and students complete three exams at the end of the course. Compulsory topics covered include:

  • Attachment
  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in Psychology

Having developed a good understanding of the breadth of Psychology, we study three options from the following;

Option 1

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development

Option 2

  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress

Option 3

  • Aggression
  • Forensic psychology
  • Addiction


There is a dedicated psychology room with an interactive whiteboard. Staff use a variety of teaching methods to develop a range of study skills. For example: formal lectures to develop note-taking skills; group work to develop communication skills; role play to illustrate research methods; independent tasks to develop research and presentation skills and informal discussion and debates to strengthen analysis and the ability to argue for and against a point.


Mrs J Hughes

Lead Teacher of Psychology

Mrs S Kirkham

Teacher of Psychology


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