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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

 

All year 1 topics plus issues and debates and schizophrenia. 

Past paper questions from AQA

Spring Term

 

 

CAT 2 (Mock)

 

All year 1 topics plus schizophrenia/issues and debates/aggression.

Past paper questions from AQA

Summer Term

 

 

CAT 3

 

All Topics

AQA A level exam

Main Resources:

Resource

Details 

Term 

Text books

 

AQA psychology for A level Year 2 (978-1-908682-41-3)

Flanagan et al

All

Recommended reading

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

All

Recommended websites

Brain Freeze psychology

All

 

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