Social Sciences

Psychology
 
Psychology is a popular subject at The Ripley Academy. It is offered for study at GCSE and A level. The primary focus of the subject is to develop an understanding for behaviour in all aspects of life. It is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour.
 
For further information into areas covered by psychology please follow the link below:
 
 
With a qualification in Psychology you could go on to Further or Higher Education. Additionally to this, if you do not use it for your main subject area it is a multi-disciplinary subject and will offer you a more effective way of thinking. Employers favour the subject as it requires the ability to be a flexible and forward thinking individual.
 
For those interested in careers in psychology, visiting the British Psychological Society website will provide further information. Please use the link below:
 
 
 
Courses Offeredpsych brain
 
GCSE Psychology
 
The Ripley Academy offers GCSE Psychology following the AQA specification.
 
Assessment of the AQA Psychology course is by external written examinations. The examinations are in the summer term. Preparations for the exams are carried out in lessons throughout the course.
 
For further information on GCSE psychology please use the following link:
 
 
AS Psychology 
 
The Ripley Academy offers AS Level Psychology following the AQA specification.
 
Assessment of the AQA Psychology course is by external written examination. The examinations are in the summer term. Preparations for the exams are carried out in lessons throughout the course, with a mock exam after Christmas.
 
If you are a current student or considering psychology as an option you need to follow the link 'Psychology AS (7181)'.  This will give you further information on the specification.
 
 
A Level Psychology
 
The Ripley Academy offers A Level Psychology following the AQA-A specification.
 
Assessment of the AQA Psychology course is by external written examination. The examinations are in the summer term. Preparations for the exams are carried out in lessons throughout the course, with a mock exam after Christmas.
 

For further information on A level psychology course please use the following link:

 
 
If you are a current student you will need to view the specification link for 'Psychology A A- Level 2180'

If you are considering psychology as an option from September 2015 you need to follow the link 'Psychology A (7182)'

 

Further Details on A Level Courses from September 2015

AS Psychology – AQA Specification 2015 onwards

 

Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes)

Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes)

Social influence(24 marks)

This includes types of conformity, explanations for obedience and social influence in social change.

Approaches in psychology (24 marks)

This includes the learning approach, the cognitive approach and the biological approach.

Memory (24 marks)

This includes explanations for memory, explanations for forgetting and eye witness testimony.

Biopsychology (24 marks)

This includes divisions of the nervous system, the fight or flight response and the structure of neurons.

Attachment (24 marks)

This includes caregiver-infant interactions, explanations of attachment and disruption of attachment.

Psychopathology (24 marks)

This includes definitions of abnormality as well as characteristics, explanations and therapies of OCD. 

Research Methods (this is assessed in both papers)

This includes mathematics, data collection methods and issues such as reliability and validity.

All 3 topics have equal weighting in the exam paper.

All 3 topics have equal weighting in the exam paper.

Both papers have equal weighting in the AS level qualification.

 

NB: It is important to note the assessment for this course:

Exam papers are made up of a combination of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing questions (maximum of 12 marks for a question in the AS papers).

Students are assessed on 3 objectives:

 

  1. The ability to demonstrate knowledge (AO1)
  2. The ability to apply research and theories to a given context (AO2)
  3. The ability to analyse and evaluate (AO3)

 

In addition to this approximately 30% of the course is based on the application of research methods and 10% of the course is Mathematics. This is based on Government requirements for the new specification.

 

A2 Psychology - AQA Specification 2015 onwards

 

Paper 1 ( 2 hours)

Paper 2 (2 hours)

Paper 3 (2 hours)

Social influence

(24 marks)

This includes the same as the AS paper 1.

Approaches in psychology 

(24 marks)

This includes all the AS paper 2 AND the psychodynamic approach and the humanistic approach.

Issues and Debates

(24 marks)

This includes topical issues and debates in psychology such as ethics, nature vs. nurture.

Memory 

(24 marks)

This includes the same as the AS paper 1.

Biopsychology(24 marks)

This includes all the AS paper 2 AND the localisation of function in the brain, ways of studying the brain and biological rhythms. 

Relationships

(24 marks)

This includes explanations for partner preference, factors affecting attraction, theories of romantic relationships and virtual relationships.

Attachment 

(24 marks)

This includes the same as the AS paper 1.

Research Methods 

(48 marks)

This includes all the AS paper 2 AND statistics, data handling and analysis as well as the features of science.

Schizophrenia

(24 marks)

This includes the classification of schizophrenia, explanations and therapies.

Psychopathology 

(24 marks)

This includes the same as the AS paper 1.

Forensic psychology (24 marks)

This includes problems with defining crime, offender profiling, explanations of criminal behaviour and ways to deal with offending behaviour linked to custodial sentencing.

All 4 topics have equal weighting in the exam paper.

Research methods is worth 50% of paper 2 with the other topics worth 25% each.

All 4 topics have equal weighting in the exam paper.

All 3 papers have equal weighting in the A level qualification.

 

NB: It is important to note the assessment for this course:
Exam papers are made up of a combination of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing questions (maximum of 16 marks per question).
Students are assessed on 3 objectives: 

 

1. The ability to demonstrate knowledge (AO1)

2. The ability to apply research and theories to a given context (AO2

3. The ability to analyse and evaluate (AO3)

 

In addition to this approximately 30% of the course is based on the application of research methods and 10% of the course is Mathematics. This is based on Government requirements for the new specification.