The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 13 Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year:

     

    Topic

    Further details about the topic

    Skills

    Autumn Term

    Issues and debates

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Schizophrenia

     

     

     

     

    ·         Gender and culture in Psychology

    ·         Free will and determinism

    ·         The nature-nurture debate

    ·         Holism and reductionism

    ·         Idiographic and nomothetic approaches to psychological investigation.

    ·         Ethical implications of research studies and theory

     

    ·         Classification of schizophrenia

    ·         Biological explanations for schizophrenia

    ·         Psychological explanations for schizophrenia:

    ·         Drug therapy

    ·         Cognitive behaviour therapy and family therapy

    ·         The diathesis-stress model.

     

    Students will be expected to:

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues

    Apply psychological knowledge and understanding

    Analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods

    Evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills

     

    Spring Term

     

    Relationships

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Aggression

     

     

     

     

     

    ·         The evolutionary explanations for partner preferences

    ·         Factors affecting attraction in romantic relationships

    ·         Theories of romantic relationships

    ·         Virtual relationships in social media

    ·         Parasocial relationships

     

    ·         Neural and hormonal mechanisms in aggression

    ·         The ethological explanation of aggression

    ·         Social psychological explanations of human aggression

    ·         Institutional aggression in the context of prisons

    ·         Media influences on aggression

     

    Summer Term

     

    Revision of topics

     

     

     

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

     

    Issues and debates/schizophrenia/Research methods

    Past paper questions from AQA

    Spring Term

     

     

    CAT 2 

     

    All topics

    Mock Exam

    Past paper questions from AQA

    Summer Term

     

     

    CAT 3

     

    All Topics

    AQA A level exam

    Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details 

    Term 

    Text books

    Oxford AQA Psychology

    Green et al

    All

    Recommended reading

    Jeanne Upson revision guides.

     

    All

    Recommended websites

    Brain Freeze psychology

    All