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Research Methods
Students Learn To
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of key features involved in planning psychological research, including formulating hypothesis, setting up and controlling for variables, using experimental designs, sampling and ethics
  • Demonstrate the range of methods and techniques available for doing psychological research-experiments, interviews questionnaires. Observations, case studies/ correlations, including their associated strengths and weaknesses
  • Demonstrated how different types of data can be collected, analysed and presented in psychological research including considering issues of reliability, validity and bias
  • Develop the competence to select and apply mathematical procedures and processes when doing psychological research with a focus arithmetical and numerical computation and handling data
Key Terms
Hypothesis, Variables, Experimental Design, Sample, Ethics, Interviews, Experiments, Observation, Questionnaires, Reliability, Validity, Bias
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Psychological Problems
Students Learn To
  • Develop awareness of ways of defining mental health. Including mental health continuum
  • Develop the understanding of the significant effects of mental health problems on the individual and wider society including stigma
  • Know the clinical characteristics of schizophrenia
  • To explain and evaluate the social drift theory, with references to disengagement and rejection from society
  • Explain the biological theory of schizophrenia
  • Describe Daniet et al’s study into the effects of amphetamine on regional cerebral blood flow during cognitive activation in schizophrenia
  • Know the clinical characteristics of depression
  • Explain and evaluate the social rank theory of depression with reference to the evolutionary function of depression
  • Describe and evaluate Tandoc’s study into Facebook use
  • Explain and evaluate the ABC model of clinical depression
  • Understand the use of anti-psychotics and anti-depressants for the treatment of schizophrenia and depression
  • Understand the use of psychotherapy for treating schizophrenia
  • Understand the development of neuropsychology for studying schizophrenia and depression
Key Terms
Mental Health, Stigma, Schizophrenia, Social Drift Theory, Disengagement, Rejection, Amphetamine, Social Rank Theory, Depression, Anti-Psychotics, Psychotheraphy, Neuropsychology
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Students Learn To
  • Develop their awareness of how our thought processes can be compared to a computer, how and why we forget and the different parts involved in memory.
  • Explain and criticise the structure and the process of the multi-store model
  • Develop an understanding of different types of forgetting including, decay, displacement and retrieval failure
  • Describe and evaluate Wilsons study in to Clive Wearing
  • Explain and evaluate the structure process of the theory of reconstructive memory with references to schemas
  • Describe and criticise the study by Braun et al into how advertising can change our memory of the past
  • Demonstrate an understanding of memory research techniques used for recall
Key Terms
Multi-Store Model of Memory, Sensory Store, Short Term Memory, Long Term Memory, Encoding, Retrieval, Rehearsal, Forgetting, Decay Displacement, Retrieval, Reconstructive Memory
Subject Overview:

Students in Year 10 have 3 Psychology lesson each week.

Students receive 1 piece of Psychology homework each week. The homework usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour to complete.


Students sit end of module examinations throughout the year.

Students additionally sit a mock exam at the end of the year.