Psychology

Psychology is a subject taught only in Years 12 and 13, and is a popular A level choice at Loreto. Students follow a linear two year course with an internal exam at the end of Year 12 and externally marked exams at the end of Year 13. This Year 13 final exam will be the basis of the grade awarded, whereby the year 12 internal exam has a diagnostic purpose only.

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. We offer a unique educational experience that develops a distinctive and broad set of skills. It’s rooted in scientific methodology and allows scope for extensive evaluation from a range of areas, such as those of Social Psychology , Cognitive Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychology and the Developmental Psychology of children.

Our course provides students with the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Psychology. Stimulating content is at the heart of these engaging qualifications, which will encourage students to think like psychologists and practice Psychological methods such as experiments and observations.

Students have the opportunity to develop a wide range of key skills, including being able to communicate effectively using appropriate language, to interpret and critically assess scientific data, and to research and critically evaluate a range of sources. Psychology at Loreto also encourages the development of strong literacy and numeracy skills. The acquisition of such a diverse range of skills will be of great benefit to students in further education, in the workplace and society in general.

Research methods (component 1)

Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.

  • 90 mark exam
  • 2 hours
  • 30% of total A level

Psychological themes through core studies (component 2)

Introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study.

  • 105 mark exam
  • 2 hours
  • 35% of total A level

Applied Psychology (component 3)

In Y13, candidates will also being to study two applied options in Child psychology and Criminal psychology.

  • 105 mark exam
  • 2 hours
  • 35% of total A level

Useful books

Text Books are provided by the school but further and extended reading can be achieved by using the relevant sections of this excellent book by Richard Gross:

Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour 7th Edition

ISBN 978-1471829734.

The following revision book is also available in the Loreto online shop:

My Revision Notes

ISBN 978-1471882685

Useful websites

OCR A-level Psychology specifications, support materials and past papers

Excellent site for OCR psychology topics and studies

Studywise A-level Psychology revision

S-Cool Research Methods

An interactive psychology site. Good ideas for practical research and some inspiring topics

British Psychological Society blog

Another good resource for reference to studies and methodology

 

 

Page updated Sept 2017