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Approach/Learning Styles

Psychology is an option at Key Stage Four. Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. In the course you will develop an awareness of why psychology matters and how it works, through the study of ten units which cover biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and individual differences.

Each unit looks at different theories, a core research study and how research is applied to real life. Through learning about different theories, students develop an ability to think and evaluate independently, understand the impact of psychology on everyday life and develop skills including evaluation, debating and questioning.

Students also develop their research skills, through the study of existing research, and the planning and delivery of their own investigations.


Option Choices at KS4

(Brief overview including exam board, controlled assessment, exams etc.)


Unit 1: Studies and Application in Psychology (40%)

Unit 2: Studies and Application in Psychology (40%)

Unit 3: Research in Psychology (20%)


100% of the final mark is from two 75 minute exams and one 60 minute exam, all taken at the end of Year 11.