Faculty Leader (inc. Psychology)

Miss T Byng – tbyng@ndonline.org


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

The aims for the courses are set out below.


  • Engage in the process of psychological enquiry to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Develop an awareness of why psychology matters
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of how psychology works and its essential role in society
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between psychology and social, cultural, scientific and contemporary issues and its impact on everyday life
  • Develop an understanding of ethical issues in psychology
  • Develop an understanding of the contribution of psychology to individual, social and cultural diversity
  • Develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods


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



Key Stage 4

Term 1 & 2: Non-verbal communication; Personality; Stereotyping; Memory; Research Methods 1

Term 3 & 4: Learning; Social Influence; Sex & Gender; Aggression

Term 5: Research Methods 2; Exam Revision


Key Stage 5


Term 1 & 2: Attachments; Memory; Research Methods

Term 3 & 4: Abnormality; Social Influence

Term 5: Stress; Exam Revision


Term 1 & 2: Introduction to Issues, Debates and Approaches; Biological Rhythms; Relationships; Eating Disorders

Term 3 & 4: Exam Revision; Depression; Addictive Behaviours

Term 5: Research Methods; Exam Revision





Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of psychology and how psychology works

A Level:

Knowledge and understanding of science and how science works:

(a) recognise, recall and show understanding of scientific knowledge

(b) select, organise and communicate relevant information in a variety of forms




Apply skills, knowledge and understanding of psychology and how psychology works

A Level:

Application of knowledge and understanding of science and of how science works:

(a) analyse and evaluate scientific knowledge and processes

(b) apply scientific knowledge and processes to unfamiliar situations including those related to issues

(c) assess the validity, reliability and credibility of scientific information




Interpret, evaluate and analyse psychological data and practice

A Level:

How science works:

(a) describe ethical, safe and skilful practical techniques and processes, selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods

(b) know how to make, record and communicate reliable and valid observations and measurements with appropriate precision and accuracy, through using primary and secondary sources

(c) analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate the methodology, results and impact of their own and others’ experimental and investigative activities in a variety of ways.