The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 12 Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year:



    Further details about the topic


    Autumn Term

    Social Influence


























    ·         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
















    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


    Revision of topics


    Introduction to Year 2:




    ·         Research methods

    ·         Addiction



    Autumn Term


    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


    All topics

    AQA AS exam

    Main Resources:




    Text books

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

    Flanagan et al


    Recommended reading

    Psychology Review magazine accessed through Frog or at


    Recommended websites

    AQA (