Unit Content

The 6 topics we cover are:

Criminal behaviour: Why is crime difficult to define? How do we measure crime? We focus upon whether criminality has a biological basis or is purely down to upbringing. You will then look at the role of rehabilitation and punishments and why psychologically these are effective.

Developmental Psychology:
 You will look at basic child development and how the brain develops from birth to adulthood. You will look at how we learn looking at contrasting educational theories and how these can then be applied in the classroom.

Psychological Problems:
You will look at the prevalence of mental health issues and how we define and diagnose mental health. Psychologically you will focus upon the areas of Clinical Depression and Schizophrenia looking at the biological and social explanations of each disorder. You will then look at biological treatments and psychotherapy as forms of controlling mental disorders.

Social Influence:
 Here we look at the influence of our environment and other people on factors such as obedience, crowd behaviours, conformity and pro–social and anti-social behaviours. You will look at this from a situational and dispositional perspective and how an individual can influence the majority if they are in the minority.

 Here we look at how our memory works using various psychological theories and research. We will look not just how we remember things but also why we forget things. You then look at the best memory strategies for remembering various types of learning.

Sleep & Dreaming:
 Here we look at the functions and benefits of sleep and how our biology controls our sleep cycle. You will then focus upon psychological theories of dreaming using the bizarre but infamous theories of Freud! Alongside the biological explanation of dreaming. You will then look at environmental influences on sleep and when these go wrong.

Research Methods used in Psychological Research:
 Throughout the course you will focus upon the three main areas of planning research through constructing hypotheses and then the various methods used for carrying out psychological research such as experiments or observations. You will also have to focus upon analysing data so a reasonable knowledge of basic numeracy is required for this subject.

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“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn & change.”

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“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

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“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth.”

Course details

This course is graded as GCSE 9-1
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100% Examination
Two externally set written examination papers of 90 minutes duration worth 50% each.


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