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Key Stage 5

AQA Psychology (7182)

Year 12 Year 13
  • Research Methods
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Memory
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Attachment
  • Social Influence
  • Research Methods
  • Issues and Debates
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology


Key Stage 5 assessment

  • Students are set flipped learning tasks involving note-taking and independent research each week
  • Short answer questions are set on a fortnightly basis and extended 16-mark essays are set every three weeks
  • At the end of a unit, an end of topic test is set in class in order for students to develop their written skills in timed conditions
  • In addition to this, regular low stakes quizzes and retrieval practice take place in the classroom


Curriculum enrichment outside of the classroom 

In Year 12, students start to have access to online textbooks and original journal articles/collections on Canvas.  We strongly recommend that every student downloads the BPS Research Digest app as this provides accessible snippets of the latest research in Psychology.  Every student has the opportunity to purchase their own copy of Psychology Review and documentary recommendations are given on a weekly basis.  In order to get a flavour of numerous exciting topic areas, the department recommends that students independently visit the Wellcome Institute, Freud’s House and The Old Bailey, as well as take out a student membership of the BPS in order to take advantage of lecture opportunities in London.  A research link has been established with Goldsmiths University and this has meant that students can participate in actual postgraduate research as participants.  This gives invaluable hands on experience of the research process.  In Year 13, a Forensic Brain Day is organised where a visiting professor, Guy Sutton, delivers lectures on Criminal Psychology, takes students through an offender profiling exercise and completes the day with a live brain dissection.  There are opportunities throughout the year to attend one day lecture conferences in London.