Welcome to the Psychology Department



P Vrancean                             Subject Leader: Psychology and Sociology

C Cameron                              Psychology teacher

W Maghsodipour                Psychology teacher



Psychology is the science of mind and human behaviour. It is an exciting practice that investigates conscious and unconscious phenomena. It is an academic discipline which crosses boundaries between sciences. Psychology is essential to everyday life and its practise has contributed widely to society for example, psychologists are concerned with practical problems such as improving mental health, understanding how memory works, helping students who have difficulties at school and understand how our childhood experiences may influence our adulthood. Psychologists observe and measure behaviour and their theories and therapies are based on scientific study. Psychology has links with many disciplines including biological, computer and forensic science as well as humanities such as sociology, philosophy and anthropology. Throughout the fascinating time during your course you will understand the underpinnings that makes us human. This skill will help you better understand yourself and others. Our intent is for our students to leave with the knowledge and skills required to help them prepare for further education and/or employment and to ultimately live a successful and meaningful life.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students will study for the AQA GCSE Psychology qualification.

The fundamental aims of the psychology programme at Key Stage 4 are for students to:

  • Develop fluent knowledge and understanding of psychological studies, theories and concepts
  • Developing critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills
  • To be able to apply knowledge and understanding of psychological ideas, processes and procedures
  • To be able to analyse and evaluate psychological information, ideas, processes and procedures to make judgements and draw conclusions

At the end of the course students will sit two exam papers both are 1 hour and 45 minutes long, each paper equals 50% of the GCSE grade. There is a mixed range of exam type questions in both papers; multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Year 10:

Social influence

Research Methods




Year 11:


Language thought and communication

Brain and neuropsychology

Psychological problems


Key Stage 5

At Key stage 5 students will have the opportunity to take AQA A-level Psychology.

Students will explore how the human behaviour works all possible underpins that influences our decision making, cognition and behaviour. There is no written coursework and students are assessed solely on their examination performance. Students should therefore be able to read complex material from a wide range of sources, to learn scientific experiments and analyse them using statistics. There are three papers that will be used to test students on the A-level programme:

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

  • Approaches
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • Eating behaviour
  • Relationships
  • Forensic Psychology


Each paper is 2 hours long and accounts for 33.3% of the qualification.