Curriculum: 6th Form

6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 13 Psychology
Term 1Issues and Debates   
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the issues and debates within psychology: gender bias; culture bias; determinism vs free-will; nature vs nurture; reductionism vs holism; idiographic vs nomothetic; ethical implications and social sensitivity. Furthermore, students will be able to apply the issues and debates to the various other topics studied with the A level course as discussion and evaluation points.
Assessment: Students will be informally assessed throughout the topic and formally assessed in mock exams and the end of topic assessment.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1 and 2Aggression   
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the various explanations for aggression in society such as: neural and hormonal explanations; genetic explanations; the ethological explanation; evolutionary explanation; and the social psychological explanations. Students will additionally study the instituational explanations for aggression and media infleunces. For each of these, students will be able to both outline and evaluate the explanations/concepts in order to develop in-depth discussions.
Assessment: Students will be informally assessed throughout the unit and formally within the mock exams and end of topic assessments.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2RM   
Students will extend the knowledge that they developed in Year 12 as follows: reliability and validity across all methods; features of science including falsifiability; and the reporting of psychological investigations.
Assessment: Students will be informally assessed throughout the unit and formally assessed within mock exams and end of topic assessments.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2 and 3Eating Behaviour   
Within this topic students will study and develop an understanding of: explanations for food preferences; neural and hormonal explanations involved in the control of eating; biological explanations for anorexia nervosa; psychological explanations for anorexia nervosa; biological explanations for obesity; psychological explanations for obesity; and explanations for the success and failure of dieting. Students will be able to outline and evaluate each of these explanations in order to disucss each in detail.
Assessment: Students will be informally assessed throughout and formally assess in mock exams and end of topic assessments.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 and 4Biopsychology   
This is a continuation of the topics studied within Year 12 biopsychology. Students will study the following topics in Year 13: localisation of function in the brain and hemispheric lateralisation; plasticity and functional recovery; ways of studying the brain; and biological rhythms, including the sleep-wake cycle. The ability to outline and evaluate each of these topics will be developed and enhanced.
Assessment: Students will be informally assessed throughout the topic, and formally assessed within the mock exams and end of topic assessment.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Gender   
Students will develop their understanding of gender through the study of the following topics: sex-role stereotypes; androgyny; the role of chromosomes and hormones; Atypical sex chromosome patterns; cognitive explanations of development; psychodynamic explanations of development; social learning theory as applied to development; and Atypical gender development.
Assessment: Students will be informally assessed throughout the unit and formally assessed within mock exams and end of topic assessments.Key Words and Terms
 

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