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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 Psychology
Term 1Approaches & Bio-psychology   
Within this unit, students will develop an understanding of the origins of psychology, and the basic assumptions of the core approaches in psychology. Students will study the following approaches: Behaviourism; Social Learning Theory; Cognitive Approach; Biological Approach; Psychodynamic Approach; and Humanism. Furthermore, they will study elements of biopsychology. Evaluation skills will also be developed in this topic so that students are able to write an in-depth discussion of each approach.
Assessment: This unit will be assessed informally throughout, within mock exams, and also at the end of the unit. Assessments will comprise of exam style questions and essays. The essays will be written under timed conditions. As the unit progresses students will advance from writing essays with the support of plans to completing them unaided.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Research Methods   
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills throughout this unit. An understanding of research will be built from the development of aims and hypotheses, experimental designs, experiemntal and non-experimental methods, types of variables, ethical considerations, to the publication of findings and the implications of psychological research to the economy. Furthermore, students will gain an understanding of the mathematical skills required to analyse data.
Assessment: Students will be informally assessed throught the unit and formally assessed during the first assessment week.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Psychopathology   
Within this unit students will study the following topics: defintinitions of abnormality; characteristics of phobias; OCD and depressions; the behavioural explanation and treatments of phobias; the cognitive explanations and treatments for depression; and the biological explanations and treatments for OCD. They will be able to outline, and evaluate each of the concepts in order to develop in-depth discussions in the exam.
Assessment: Students will informally assessed throughout the topic, and formally assessed within mock exams and end of topic assessments. These will comprise of exam style questions and essays. The essays will be written under timed conditions. As the unit progresses students will advance from writing essays with the support of plans to completing unseen questions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Social Influence   
Students will study several core themes within this unit: conformity; obedience; resistance to social influence; minority influence; and the role of social influence processes in social change. Furthermore, students will gain an understanding of research that supports these elements. Students will also continue to develop their evaluation skills as they will be expected to discuss the strengths and limitations of the different explanations of social infleunce and the supporting research.
Assessment: Students will be informally assessed throughout and formally within mock exams and end of topic assessments.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Memory   
Students will study several keys areas in memory research. These include: models of memory; types of long-term memory; explanations for forgetting; factors that affect eye-witness testimony; and improving the accuracy of eye-witness testimony. Students will develop their understanding of supporting research and be able to evaluate each of the topics studied within this unit.
Assessment: Students will be assessed informally throughout, and formally within mock exams and end of topic assessments. These will comprise of exam style questions and essays. The essays will be written under timed conditions. As the unit progresses students will advance from writing essays with the support of plans to completing them without the aid of notes or a plan.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Attachment   
Within this unit students will study several key concepts that can influence attachment or explain the influence of early attachments. The key topics studied in this unit are: caregiver-infant interactions; multiple attachments; the role of the father; animal and human studies of attachment; Ainsworth's Strange Situation and cultural variations; Bowlby's theory of maternal deprivation; the effects of institutionalisation; and the influence of early attachment on later relationships. Students will also be able to evaluate each of the topics studied so that they are able to develop in-depth discussions within the exam.
Assessment: Students will be informally assessed throughout the topic, and formally within the mock exams and end of topic assessments. Assessments will comprise of exam style questions and essays. The essays will be written under timed conditions. As the unit progresses students will advance from writing essays with the support of plans to completing unseen questions.Key Words and Terms
 

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