Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour. A Level Psychology develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.
At Headlands School we follow the KS5 AQA syllabus. The course consists of compulsory topics covering a range of behaviours; Memory, Attachment, Social Influence, Psychopathology, Approaches and Biopsychology. This is followed in Year 2 by three optional units looking at Aggression, Schizophrenia and Cognition.
Informal assessment will be on going throughout the course, using homework, timed essays and pre-public exams. Formal assessment will be at the end of the two-year course and consists of three two-hour exams. There is no coursework. Psychology is regarded as a science. The scientific method and associated terminology is used and referred to throughout the course.
An understanding of Psychology and human behaviour can be applied to most careers. Further study at university can lead to specific careers including Educational Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist and Clinic Psychologists.
Sociology is the scientific study of the relationship between the individual and society. We encourage students to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.
At Headlands School we follow the KS5 AQA syllabus. Topics covered are: Families and Households, Education, Beliefs, Crime and Deviance.
Informal assessment will be on going throughout the course, using homework, timed essays and pre-public exams. There is no coursework. Formal assessment will be at the end of the two-year course and will consist of three two hour exams.
Sociology requires students to take a more critical and informed approach to the society in which they live, so an interest in people and contemporary issues is essential. It does not specifically prepare students for a particular career but the units involved are especially useful for careers within the police, social services, childcare, education, healthcare, the law and research.
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