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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 13 Psychology
Term 1Relationships -    
Understanding the formation, maintenance and termination of adult romantic relationships
Assessment: ExamKey Words and Terms
 
Term 2Forensic psychology   
Students will learn crime, punishment and the psychological theories and research explaining the behavioural and cognitive basis of criminal behaviour. Students will consider the following topics: Custodial sentences and recidivism Behaviour modification and anger management Restorative Justice.
Assessment: ExamKey Words and Terms
 
Term 3Issues and debates - to what extent psychological theories and research have biases, ethical implications and determinism.   
Students will consider the following topics: Psychodynamic approach Psychosexual changes Humanistic psychology Maslow's 'Hierachy of Need' A comparison of approaches Free will versus Determinism Science and causality Holism and reductionism Interactionism Idiographic versus nomothetic Idiographic approach Once sitting an assessment, students will then move on to consider an evolutionary approach, sexual selection, Buss and sexual strategies, self-disclosure and matching hypothesis.
Assessment: ExamKey Words and Terms
 
Term 4Schizophrenia - understanding the biological and psychological explanations of what makes this such a serious mental health issue.   
Classification of schizophrenia. Positive symptoms of schizophrenia, including hallucinations and delusions. Negative symptoms of schizophrenia, including speech poverty and avolition. Reliability and validity in diagnosis and classification of schizophrenia, including reference to co-morbidity, culture and gender bias and symptom overlap. Biological explanations for schizophrenia: genetics and neural correlates, including the dopamine hypothesis.
Assessment: ExamKey Words and Terms
 
Term 5Research methods & Biopsychology - building on the skills they learned from year 12.   
Students will be expected to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified Paper 2 content apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper 2 content in a range of contexts analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods in relation to the specified Paper 2 content.
Assessment: ExamKey Words and Terms
 

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