Department Description / Curriculum Intent

An enthusiastic, highly motivated and well-resourced department. Offering an academic A-level at KS5. It is an exciting and varied subject which will open student’s minds to a range of theories within such a colossal field of study.

Students will be supported throughout the two years of study and beyond to ensure they reach their full potential and expose them up to new skills and careers. Many students studying Psychology go onto university to study the subject and undergraduate level and beyond!

Department Staff

Mrs Donnelly - Subject leader of psychology, sociology and criminology

Curriculum Content

Year 12

Term 1: Social, cognitive and developmental psychology with an introduction to research methods.

Term 2: Research methods in depth. Then you will study approaches in psychology, psychopathology and biopsychology.

Term 3: You will begin your A Level content starting with biopsychology and you will look at further approaches in psychology.

Year 13

Term 1: A Level standard research methods, including mathematical statistics. You will also study issues and debates as well as relationships.

Term 2: The final term for learning stress and aggression

Term 3: This term will be used for revising and preparing for your final A Level exams

Department Courses

A Level Psychology – this is an exam-based course. You will be expected to sit two, 90 minute exams at the end of year 12 and three, 2 hour exams at the end of year 13. The subject is essay based.

Exam Board


Useful Links

Simply Psychology
Psych Boost


Students are introduced into a wide range of extra curricular activities and information. They are expected to read around the subject and follow the school twitter account which gives further help, support and extra reading with curriculum links. We are currently looking into taking students on trips in the UK and abroad.

Additional Information

If you require any help or support please visit the department, located in the 6 th form centre.