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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 13 Psychology
Terms 1 and 2Issues and Debates and Forensic Psychology  
Students will consider the following topics: Gender: Universality and Androcentrism Gender and culture Nature-nurture debate Heredity versus environment Social sensitivity There will be an assessment on Term 1 study and students will move on to the following topics: Defining crime Measuring crime Offender profiling Geographical profiling Historical approach and genetics Neural and brain explanations Eysenck's theory of criminal personality Cognitive explanations Cognitive distortions Psychodynamic explanations
Assessment: Weeks 3 or 4 Assessment based on Term 1 study Weeks 11 or 12 Assessment based on Term 2 StudyKey Words and Terms
 
Terms 1 and 2Issues, Debates and Relationships  
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: Weeks 7 or 8 Assessment based on Term 1 study Weeks 11 or 12 Assessment based on Term 2 studyKey Words and Terms
 
Terms 3 and 4Forensic Psychology and Stress  
Students will consider the following topics: Custodial sentences and recidivism Behaviour modification and anger management Restorative Justice General adaptation syndrome Sympathomedullary pathway Stress-related illness and the immune system Stress-related illness and the CV system Life changes Daily hassles Workplace stress Skin conductance
Assessment: Weeks 3 or 4 Assessment on work studied in Term 3 Weeks 9 or 10 Assessment on work studied in Term 4Key Words and Terms
 
Terms 3 and 4Relationships and Stress  
Students will consider the following topics: Filter theory Social-exchange theory Equity Theory Rusbult's Investment Model Duck's model of breakdown Virtual relationships Self-disclosure in virtual relationships Gating and virtual relationships Parasocial relationships Absorption -addiction model Relationships - approaches
Assessment: Weeks 9 or 10 Assessment based on Terms 3 and 4 workKey Words and Terms
 
Terms 5 and 6Stress and Research Methods  
Students will consider the following topics: Statistical testing Levels of a measurement Choosing a statistical test SIT Biofeedback They will then move to a revision programme of all work studied over the two years in preparation for A-Level examinations.
Assessment: Formal A-Level examinations Paper 1 (Topics) 33% Social Influence; Memory; Attachments; Psychpathology Paper 2 (Context) 33% Apporoaches; Biopsychology; Research Methods Paper 3 (Issues and Debates) 33% Issues and Debates; relationships; Forensic Psychology; StressKey Words and Terms
 
Terms 5 and 6Stress  
Students will consider the following topics: Types A and B personality Types C and D personality Hardiness Drug therapy Gender differences Social support They will then move to revision tasks prior to A-Level examinations beginning.
Assessment: Formal A-Level examinations Paper 1 (Topics) 33% Social Influence; Memory; Attachments; Psychpathology Paper 2 (Context) 33% Apporoaches; Biopsychology; Research Methods Paper 3 (Issues and Debates) 33% Issues and Debates; relationships; Forensic Psychology; StressKey Words and Terms
 

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