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Psychology students at Barnwell School will be inquisitive and motivated to learn more about the key issues and debates within the study of human behaviour. They will develop a greater sense of ethical issues surrounding the study of human behaviour and in turn develop a greater sense of tolerance and understanding. They will explore how understanding psychology has real world applications and how it is crucial to our everyday life. They will learn to challenge and question the power of social influence, conformity and enhance their understanding of mental health related illnesses making them feel more confident, autonomous and equipped for their future lives.

Learning Journey

A Level Psychology Learning Journey

Curriculum Map 



Y10 Content

Y10 Key Assessment

Y11 Content

Y11 Key Assessment

Autumn 1

Introduction to Psychology Approaches


Criminal Psychology

Formative Task:

Exam questions on approaches – peer assessed


Summative Unit: Criminal Psychology Exam

Social Influence



Formative Task: Revision layering activities


Summative Assessment: Social Influence exam questions

Autumn 2


Formative Task: Conducting own experiments


Summative Task: Experimental Write Up 

Descriptive Statistics



Formative Task:

Maths skills


Summative Assessment: Memory exam questions

Spring 1


Formative Task: Long answer exam question prepared and assessed together

Summative Task: Exam questions on Development


Formative Tasks: Graph drawing activities


Summative Assessment: Research methods overview exam questions

Spring 2

Self Reports


Psychological Problems

Formative Assessment: Case studies of Mental Health

Summative Assessment: Self reports written report

Sleep and Dreaming



Formative Assessment: Exam Skills


Summative Assessment: Sleep and Dreaming exam questions

Summer 1

Psychological Problems


Formative Assessment: Observation practical work


Summative Assessment: Psychological problems exam questions




Formative Assessment: Peer Assessed past papers


Summative Assessment: Past exam papers under exam conditions

Summer 2




Formative Assessment: Correlations practical work

Summative Assessment: End of year Mock exam




Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. The OCR course allows students to develop an understanding of their self and others and helps them to explain how psychology can be used to explain everyday social phenomena. Furthermore, students are able to investigate how psychological research is conducted and are given opportunities to collect and analyse their own data.

Psychology is a popular subject which often leads to further study at A level. Whilst the GCSE course is not essential for studying the subject at A level it does provide a really good foundation for students who wish to study the subject further. Psychology students go on to a wide variety of careers as not only does the subject provide knowledge for careers within the psychology field itself it also develops transferable skills. A few possible career options include working within the police force, counselling, working within the sport environment, education, personnel and working within the healthcare sector

The course is assessed in two examinations at the end of the second year of study. Both papers are 1 hour 30 minutes long with each being worth 50% of the total GCSE grade. Within each paper a selection of psychological topics and research methods will be covered.

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Y12 Content 

Y12 Key Assessment 

Y13 Content 

Y13 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Core Studies and Experiments 

Formative Task: 

Completion of own experimental investigation  


Summative Unit Test on experimental techniques and Social Approach  

Mental Health and Approaches 

Formative Task: Assessed Essay on Medical Model 


Summative Unit Assessment on Mental Health 

Autumn 2 

Core studies and descriptive statistics 

Formative Task: 

Descriptive statistics analysis task 


Summative Unit  

Test on descriptive statistics and the cognitive approach 

Criminal Psychology 

Formative Task: 

Assessed essay on criminal psychology 


Summative Unit Mock exam 1 – Research Methods 

Spring 1 

Core studies and Observations 

Formative Task: 

Conduct own observational investigation 


Summative Unit Test on observational techniques and Mock exam 1   

Criminal Psychology

Environmental Psychology

Formative Assessment: Assessed Essay on Environmental Psychology

Summative Assessment: Criminal Psychology end of unit examination


Spring 2 

Core studies and Self reports 

Formative Task: Conduct own self report investigation 


Summative Unit Test on self report techniques and developmental studies   

Environmental Psychology 

Formative Assessment: Assessed essay on Biological Rhythms
Summative Assessment: Mock exam 2 – Psychological Themes  

Summer 1 

Core studies and Correlations 

Formative Task: conduct own correlational investigation 


Summative Unit Test on  individual differences approach and correlational techniques  


Methodological issues  

Formative Task: PALS tasks 


Summative Unit Mock exam 3 – Applied Psychology 

Summer 2 

Inferential Statistics and Approaches 

Formative Task: Inferential Statistics task 


Summative Unit  Mock exam 2  



A level

Within A level Psychology, knowledge and understanding are developed at a deeper level. This involves studying 20 core studies which enables students to gain a broad perspective of the subject. Then in Year 13 in depth analyses of Mental Health, Criminal Psychology and Environmental Psychology are carried out. This is accompanied by further studies into the techniques used by psychologists to gather data and the opportunities to carry out experiments, observations and self reports to investigate areas of interest within the subject.

The course is assessed in three written exams at the end of the two year course. Paper 1, which counts for 30% of the course, focuses specifically on research methods, Paper 2, which counts for 35% of the course focuses on knowledge and understanding of the core studies and finally Paper 3, which counts for the final 35%, focuses on the option subjects – mental health, criminal psychology and environmental psychology.

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