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: We will begin ‘approaches in psychology’ – an exam based unit which will give you an understanding of the main areas in psychology. You will sit this exam at the beginning of term 2.

Term 2: Research in psychology – in the second term you will complete your own research project.

Term 3: After your research project has been submitted we will start health psychology. This is the study of health-related behaviours and behavioural change.

Year 13

Term 1: After the summer holidays we will complete the health psychology unit which is an exam based unit, which will be sat at the beginning of term 2

Term 2: Criminal and forensic psychology – this is a coursework based unit, looking at psychological approaches to explaining and treating criminal behaviour.

Term 3: This term will be used for completing coursework as well as revising and preparing for your final exams

Department Courses

Btec Psychology is made up of internally and externally assessed units and so consists of coursework and an exam in each year. You will be expected to sit two, 90 minute exams at the end of each year alongside your coursework and completing your own research experiment.

Exam Board


Useful Links

Simply Psychology
Psych Boost

Recommended Reading

Psychology today

Psychology review

Elephants on Acid and Other Bazar Experiments by Alex Boese

The Little Book of Psychology by Emily Ralls

The Lucifer Effect by Zimbardo


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.

Additional Information

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

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