Psychology

The Psychology curriculum in Year 12 follows the OCR AS and A Level Year 1 Specification. The full specification can be found on the OCR website by following this link: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-psychology-h167-h567-from-2015/ The AS course is organised into 2 units. Unit 1 is Research Methods and it covers planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research. Unit 2 is Psychological themes through core studies. Learners study pairs of classic and contemporary studies in 5 different areas of psychology. They evaluate the studies and apply the research in real life situations. In May, learners sit 2 external exams each of 1hour 30 minutes. After the exams, they will study and additional 10 studies to complete the A level Year 1 course. Exam dates are;  Research Methods (01)  Monday 16 May 2016 pm Psychological Themes (02)  Monday 23 May 2016 pm. In Year 13, learners study two units: Unit 3 (543)  Options in Applied Psychology: Forensic psychology and Healthy Lifestyles.   (25% of total A level marks) and Unit 4 (544) Approaches and Research Methods  (25% of total A level marks.) The other 50% of the A level marks comes from the AS results. Exam dates are: Options in Applied Psychology Wednesday 6 June 2016 pm, Research Methods Tuesday 13 June 2016 am.

Year 12

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives Understand, evaluate and compare Core Studies in Social, Cognitive, Developmental and Biological psychology. Understand how to carry out and evaluate psychological research using experiments, observations and self-report.
Key Activities / Homework Independent reading for understanding: every week. Background research on the topic. Independent writing to show they are developing evaluation and communication skills. Re-working answers after marking and feedback to improve them. Learners will create, carry out and evaluate their own procedures to carry out psychological research.
Assessments Written assessment to show knowledge in each area studied. Written assessment to show evaluation skills in each area. Assessment of learner skills in writing procedures, creating self-reports and recruiting samples.
Suggest reading & support materials TED talks on YouTube. Information sheets given in class. Text book to further develop their understanding. Teacher generated study guides. OCR Student Textbook for Psychology

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives Understand how to use statistics to analyse results from psychological research. Be able to discuss whether psychology is a science. Identify, discuss and improve ethics in research. Understand, evaluate and compare Core Studies in Individual Differences. Understand and evaluate psychology from the perspectives of Behaviourism and Psychodynamics.
Key Activities / Homework Independent reading for understanding: every week. Background research on the topic. Independent writing to show they are developing evaluation and communication skills. Re-working answers after marking and feedback to improve them. Learners will use statistics to analyse results from their own and others’ procedures. Planned revision at home.
Assessments Written assessment to show knowledge in each area studied. Written assessment to show evaluation skills in each area. Assessment of learners’ understanding and application of statistics. Mock examinations in January and March
Suggest reading & support materials TED talks on YouTube. Information sheets given in class. Text book to further develop their understanding. Teacher generated study guides. www.getrevising.co.uk     www.holah.co.uk OCR Student Textbook for Psychology
Term 3
Key Learning Objectives The half term before the exam is dedicated to developing learners’ skills in answering exam questions and applying their knowledge to new situations. After the exam, they will study the remaining 10 core studies to complete the A Level Year 1 course. They will also study some more advanced statistical tests.
Key Activities / Homework Exam question practise. Re-working answers to improve them. Independent reading for understanding: every week and background research on the remaining core studies after the AS exam. Planned revision at home.
Assessments In-class mock exam in April. External exams in May
Suggest reading & support materials www.getrevising.co.uk   www.holah.co.uk Course files OCR Student Textbook for Psychology

Year 13

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives Understand key themes, ideas, issue and developments in the following areas of Forensic Psychology: Turning to crime, Making a case and Reaching a verdict. Secure learners’ understanding of statistical tests. Understand key themes, ideas, issue and developments in the following areas of Healthy Lifestyles: Health promotion, Medical regimes, causes of and managing stress.
Key Activities / Homework Independent reading for understanding: every week. Background research on the topic. Independent writing to show they are developing essay writing skills. Re-working answers after marking and feedback to improve them. Learners will create, increasingly sophisticated procedures to carry out psychological research.
Assessments 453 Turning to Crime, Making a Case Turning to Crime (10 & 15 my Question, Section A) 544 Writing Procedures (19mk Question, Section A) Answering evaluation questions.
Suggest reading & support materials www.getrevising.co.uk British Psychological Society website OCR exemplar answers booklet

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives Understand key themes, ideas, issue and developments in the following areas of Forensic Psychology: After a guilty verdict. Understand key themes, ideas, issue and developments in the following areas of Healthy Lifestyles: Dysfunctional behaviour and depression. Be able to use core studies from AS and key studies from A2 to explain issues and debates in psychology, e.g. nature-nurture debate.
Key Activities / Homework Independent reading for understanding: every week. Background research on the topic. Independent writing to show they are developing essay writing skills. Re-working answers after marking and feedback to improve them.
Assessments Mock exams in January and March. End of unit assessments for Forensic Psychology and Healthy Lifestyles
Suggest reading & support materials www.getrevising.co.uk British Psychological Society website OCR exemplar answers booklet

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives In the weeks before the exam we will focus on developing learners’ skills in writing essays and answering exam questions. These will focus on writing well structured arguments, using research as evidence in their answers and identifying which studies provide evidence for which issues and debates.
Key Activities / Homework Exam question practise. Re-working answers to improve them. Planned revision at home. Seminar based discussions to extend the quality of arguments about Forensics and Healthy Lifestyles
Assessments In-class mock exam in April. External exams in June.
Suggest reading & support materials www.getrevising.co.uk British Psychological Society website OCR exemplar answers booklet (teacher provided.)