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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 Psychology
Term 1Approaches   
You will begin the course with an introduction to the key features of a science and explore the issues and debates around the question, ‘Is Psychology a Science?’ Within the Approaches unit, you will develop an understanding of the origins of psychology, and the basic assumptions of the core approaches in psychology. You will study the following approaches: Behaviourism; Social Learning Theory; Cognitive Approach; Biological Approach; Psychodynamic Approach; and Humanism. Evaluation skills will also be developed in this topic so that you are able to write an in-depth discussion of each approach.
Assessment: You will be assessed weekly through a range of questions including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing in the form of 16 mark essays. Maths skills and research methods topics will be assessed regularly. Your knowledge retention will be assessed weekly by a range of short answer questions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Psychopathology   
Within this Psychopathology unit you will study the following topics: definitions 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. You will be able to outline, and evaluate each of the concepts in order to develop in-depth discussions in the exam. You will also continue to explore a range of the research methods topics.
Assessment: You will be assessed weekly through a range of questions including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing in the form of 16 mark essays. Maths skills and research methods topics will be assessed regularly. Your knowledge retention will be assessed weekly by a range of short answer questions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Social Influence   
You will study several core themes within the Social Influence unit: conformity; obedience; resistance to social influence; minority influence; and the role of social influence processes in social change. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of research that supports these elements. You will also continue to develop their evaluation skills as you will be expected to discuss the strengths and limitations of the different explanations of social influence and the supporting research. You will also continue to explore a range of the research methods topics.
Assessment: You will be assessed weekly through a range of questions including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing in the form of 16 mark essays. Maths skills and research methods topics will be assessed regularly. Your knowledge retention will be assessed weekly by a range of short answer questions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Attachment   
Within the Attachment unit, you 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. You will also be able to evaluate each of the topics studied so that they are able to develop in-depth discussions within the exam. You will also continue to explore a range of the research methods topics.
Assessment: You will be assessed weekly through a range of questions including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing in the form of 16 mark essays. Maths skills and research methods topics will be assessed regularly. Your knowledge retention will be assessed weekly by a range of short answer questions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Memory   
You 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. You will develop their understanding of supporting research and be able to evaluate each of the topics studied within this unit. You will also continue to explore a range of the research methods topics and design your own study.
Assessment: You will be assessed weekly through a range of questions including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing in the form of 16 mark essays. Maths skills and research methods topics will be assessed regularly. Your knowledge retention will be assessed weekly by a range of short answer questions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Biopsychology   
You will build your knowledge on the divisions of the nervous system; the structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons; and the process of synaptic transmission. You will also look at the function of the endocrine system. The fight or flight response will be investigated and evaluated. You will also explore fascinating aspects of the brain including localisation of function in the brain and hemispheric lateralisation; plasticity and functional recovery of the brain after trauma. You will investigate the different ways of studying the brain before you move on the investigating the different biological rhythms.
Assessment: You will be assessed weekly through a range of questions including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing in the form of 16 mark essays. Maths skills and research methods topics will be assessed regularly. Your knowledge retention will be assessed weekly by a range of short answer questions. You will also sit a formal mock this term.Key Words and Terms
 

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