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    Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a scientific subject that uses empirical methods to collect and analyse data. It is available to study at Wath Comprehensive School at KS4 and KS5. Psychology is part of the Social Science Faculty. The Faculty hopes to inspire a love of inquiry and critical thinking as well as an understanding of the different approaches to studying human behaviours.

    Students averagely receive two and a half lessons a week during their three years of KS4. Sixth form students receive six lessons a week dedicated to the subject.

    Key Stage 4

    The Edexcel GCSE Psychology course is available as an option choice in academic band only. This is a popular option and two classes are run per year group. It is studied as a three year course. Students will learn key psychological content but will also gain skills such as analytical thinking, statistical measures and evaluation. The syllabus has been designed so that students can study subjects relevant to society today, whilst enabling them to develop an understanding of key psychological concepts. There are five sections to the course:

    A)    Perception : How do we see the world?

    B)    Is dreaming meaningful?

    C)    Does TV and Video games affect behaviour?

    D)   Why do we have phobias?

    E)    Are criminals born or made?

    The course is assessed by two external examinations at the end of Year 11. Exam one is one hour fifteen minutes, covers topics A and B and is worth 40% of the final mark. Exam two covers sections C, D and E and is worth 60% of the total mark. Passing grades can range from A*- G at GCSE level.

    Sixth Form

    The A Level course takes two years to complete; students will sit Paper One and Two at the end of the first year and could leave with an AS at that point if they wished to. It is anticipated that most students starting the course will complete the full two year A level and sit all three papers at the end of the course. Once the three papers have been taken at the end, any results from the first year will no longer count towards the final qualification.

    Paper One

    • Memory: Theories of how memory works, problems with memory, eye witness testimony and memory improvement.
    • Attachment: Types of attachment, cultural variations, learning theory and implications for day care.
    • Social Influence: Conformity, resisting conformity and obedience.
    • Psychopathology: Psychological abnormality, psychopathology & therapies.

    Paper Two

    • Research Methods: How to conduct an investigation. How to look for strengths and weaknesses of other studies.
    • Approaches in Psychology:The assumptions, methods of research and strengths and limitations of the major approaches.
    • Biopsychology: Brain structures and how they relate to psychological functioning.

    Paper Three

    Issues and Debates in Psychology: Synoptic ideas that affect every area of psychological study such as nature verse nurture or determinism.

    Option 1. One of the following topics will be covered: Relationships, Gender or Cognitive Development.

    Option 2. One of the following topics will be covered: Schizophrenia, Stress or Eating Behaviour.

    Option 3. One of the following topics will be covered: Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction.


    The Psychology department is part of the Social Science faculty. The faculty has 8 dedicated classrooms, two of which are computer rooms. The faculty has a laptop trolly with 16 laptops.