Faculty Leader (inc. Psychology)

Miss T Byng – tbyng@ndonline.org

 

At Notre Dame, Psychology is an option subject at AS and A Level.

Aims

A Level

  • Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for psychology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
  • Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of the different areas of psychology and how they relate to each other

 

Curriculum

Key Stage 5

AS

Paper 1 – Social Influence, Memory, Attachments

Paper 2 – Psychopathology, Approaches in psychology, Biology, Research Methods

A2

Paper 1 – Social Influence, Memory, Research Methods, Psychopathology

Paper 2 – Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods

Paper 3 – Issues and debates in psychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology

 

Assessment Objectives (AO)

A01 Describe

Questions linked to this objective will be testing the ability to identify, outline, describe or explain psychological concepts and theories.

A02 Apply

Questions linked to this objective will be testing the ability to apply the knowledge of psychological concepts and theories in some way.  This is often done by presenting a scenario and asking candidates to explain the scenario using their knowledge of psychology.

A03 Evaluation

Questions linked to this objective involve providing evidence for the strengths and limitations of psychological theories and concepts.  It can also include application which involves asking candidates to apply their knowledge of psychology to the real world, e.g. its application in therapy or how the knowledge can be used.