The Purbeck School Psychology Curriculum
Why Study Psychology at The Purbeck School?
Psychology is the ‘scientific study of the mind and behaviour’, and the A Level offers an introduction to the ‘core’ areas of the discipline such as approaches and methods related to cognitive, social, biological, developmental, individual differences and research methods. At The Purbeck School, we take pride in our ability to challenge students in these core areas in order to help them reach their potential through engaging lessons which stimulate thought and discussion. We promote a culture in which curiosity is paramount and a desire to explain and to know ‘why’ is encouraged. Acceptance of information at face value is discouraged and students become increasingly confident in their ability to evaluate concepts and research.
Students are encouraged to take their learning into the real world and apply it to events going on around them both globally and personally. Each year the curriculum is enriched by a seminar in which students meet reformed criminals which enable them to apply their knowledge of Forensic Psychology to ‘real’ people.
How is Psychology taught?
- KS5 – Students are taught (normally shared across two members of staff) for nine hours each fortnight.
Rationale and ambition for The Purbeck School Psychology curriculum:
- Our Psychology curriculum aims to transmit an enriching knowledge of behaviour across all cultures to students by drawing from global research that reflect wider behaviours in a diverse society, developing the cultural capital of students at the school.
- Our Psychology curriculum aims to develop empathetic and engaged citizens through careful topic choice, reflecting contemporary concerns and debates such as those about free will and determinism, gender bias, nature versus nurture and ethical issues.
- Our Psychology curriculum aims to support students in developing confidence in expressing their own considered views and opinions of behaviour using all approaches.
- Our Psychology curriculum aims to prepare students for work and life through the development of skills such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, public speaking, leadership, analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information.
- Our Psychology Curriculum aims to offer suitable challenge to students of all abilities.
The concepts that The Purbeck School Psychology curriculum aims to support student progression in are:
AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.
AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures:
- in a theoretical context
- in a practical context
- when handling qualitative data
- when handling quantitative data.
AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to:
- make judgements and reach conclusions
- develop and refine practical design and procedures.
Long Term Overview
Firstly, the professor introduced some of the sociology-related courses available to us including sociology and criminology as well as sociology and anthropology just to name a few and asked for our understanding of what each subject involved. She then went on to tell us about a real life case she was involved in regarding the capability of foreign parents to adapt their parental methods to conform to our laws and
Dr Jon Boakes – a psychologist from St Anne’s hospital gave a talk to the Year 12 and Year 13 Psychology students on 12th March. There was a great deal of interesting information on careers in Psychology and career paths. Dr Boakes also showed the students several psychological testing methods. A very inspiring talk for the students.
As an early precursor to our Careers Fortnight, this week Dr Elaine Wainwright, lecturer of Psychology at Bath Spa University, gave a very informative and engaging presentation to Year 12 and 13 students of Psychology. Dr Wainwright gave an insight into the many fascinating topics studied by undergraduates at Bath Spa, and also provided information about subjected-related careers which include academic research, counselling and therapist occupations, as well as other