Psychology

Psychology at OSSMA;

Facilitating students questioning and understanding of why people behave the way they do and empowering them to analyse scientific research to consider how to change the world around them.

 

  • Teaches Students to evaluate research and information in regards to its scientific credibility, validity, usefulness and application
  • Teaches students key psychological theories and encourages them to evaluate and compare them to deem their usefulness and application to the real world.
  • Encourages students to answer big questions affecting their world – such as how can we use our understanding of how memory works to create the most effective approach to revision.

 

A psychology learner at OSSMA has:

  • The confidence to apply theories and research to the real world
  • The ability to analyse and critique research
  • An interest in applying theories and knowledge to a real-world context
  • The ability to complete independent learning and take responsibility for their learning

 

Year 10

Students will study

  • Research methods
  • Memory
  • Social influence
  • The brain and neuropsychology
  • Crime
  • Development
  • Psychological issues

 

Year 11

Students will study

  • Crime
  • Development
  • Psychological issues
  • Sleep and dreaming
  • Revision

 

Student assessment:

Psychology is assessed across 2 Edexcel GCSE papers.

 

Paper 1 is 55% of the qualification and covers 5 topics:

  • Development
  • Memory
  • Psychological problems
  • The brain and neuropsychology
  • Social influence

 

Paper 2 is 45% of the qualification and covers 2 topics:

  • Criminal psychology
  • Sleep and dreaming

Students then answer a full section on research methods.

 

Homework and flipped learning:

Psychology operates a flipped learning policy in which students are directed as to which sections of their knowledge organisers they are to read and make notes on before the lesson. This supports students in becoming independent learners and allows lessons to be focused on exam technique and the development of content.