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Year 12 Curriculum

Key topics to be taught this year:

 

Topic

Further details about the topic

Skills

Autumn Term

Social Influence

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psychopathology

 

 

 

·         Conformity

·         Obedience

·         Explanations of resistance to social influence

·         Minority influence

·         The role of social influence processes in social change.

 

 

·         Models of memory

·         Explanations for forgetting

·         Factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony

·         Improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony

 

·         Caregiver-infant interactions in humans

·         Animal studies of attachment

·         Explanations of attachment

·         Types of attachment

·         Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation.

·         Effects of institutionalisation.

·         The influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships

 

·         Definitions of abnormality

·         Phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

·         The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias

·         The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression.

·         The biological approach to explaining and treating OCD

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

Approaches

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biopsychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research methods

·         The behaviourist approach

·         The cognitive approach

·         The biological approach

·         The psychodynamic approach

·         Humanistic Psychology

·         Comparison of approaches

 

·         The divisions of the nervous system

·         The structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons

·         The function of the endocrine system

·         Ways of studying the brain

·         Biological rhythms

 

·         The scientific process

·         Data handling and analysis

·         Inferential testing

Summer Term

 

Memory

Biopsychology

Research methods

 

Revision of topics

 

Introduction to year 2

  • Models of memory
  • Explanations for forgetting
  • Factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony
  • Improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.  The divisions of the nervous system
  • The structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons
  • The function of the endocrine system
  • Ways of studying the brain
  • Biological rhythms

 

 

Assessments:

Autumn Term

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

 

Research methods/social influence/memory

Past paper questions from AQA

Spring Term

 

 

CAT 2

 

Research methods/ attachment/psychopathology

Past paper questions from AQA

Summer Term

 

 

CAT 3

 

Research methods/social influence/approaches/attachment/ psychopathology/memory.

Past paper questions from AQA

Main Resources:

Resource

Details 

Term 

Text books

AQA psychology for A level Year 1 and AS (978-1-908682-40-6)

Flanagan et al

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Recommended reading

Psychology Review magazine accessed through Frog or at https://my.dynamic-learning.co.uk/

All

Recommended websites

AQA (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology)

All

 

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