Social Sciences Curriculum Intent:

  • To impart knowledge and cultural awareness that allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
  • To develop a range of skills that are necessary in everyday contexts.
  • To raise interest, engagement and aspiration within the Social Science faculty; leading to students being motivated to succeed in Sociology, Psychology & Criminology.


  • To gain a deep understanding of the scientific process.
  • Be able to apply scientific process to issues and scenarios and evaluate the process.
  • The ability to absorb and remember large quantities of information (such as different psychology studies) which can be applied to psychological issues.
  • To analyse and evaluate studies and methodology.
  • Make, develop and sustain a well-supported argument, leading to a consistent conclusion.


Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. Anything we do, think or experience can be studied by Psychologists. The subject is taught through group work, research, discussions, film and presentations. As you study Psychology you will begin to understand the factors that affect your behaviour. You will learn about yourself and why you do the things you do. It can teach you about the ways people interact in social situations and give you a better understanding of your own feelings and attitudes. You will also learn techniques that may help you study more effectively.



A Level Examination Board: AQA (7181/7182) Specification for Psychology.

A Level Assessment Method:

  • Paper 1:Introductory Topics – Social Influence; Memory; Attachment; Psychopathology
  • Paper 2:Psychology in Context – Approaches; Biopsychology; Research Methods
  • Paper 3:Issue in Psychology -Issues & Debates, Gender; Schizophrenia; Forensic Psychology

All 3 exam papers are sat at the end of Year 13

Where Psychology can take you:

Psychology graduates develop the transferable skills that all employers require, such as communication, numeracy, independent learning and the ability to work in teams. Psychology graduates go on to become chartered psychologistsspecialising in clinical, educational, occupational forensic, health or sports psychology. As well as many other roles such as accountancy, human resources, careers advice, counselling, psychotherapy, advertising, marketing and retail management.