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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve


Department Staff


Mrs M Hussain

Teacher of Psychology and Philiosophy and Ethics


Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intent

Our intent in Psychology is for students to be inquisitive about human behaviour and the study of the mind. Our curriculum aims to engage students to think in a critical and scientific way. To be able to challenge theories and research, and to think about issues from different perspectives. We want to promote an awareness of mental health and current psychological issues. This will enable students to have a greater understanding of human nature that will remain with them in their future lives. 


A level Psychology (AQA 7181/7182)

Psychology introduces students to the broad range of Psychology topics from the core areas of Psychology. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students' transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

Topics covered in Year 12

  • Social influence, 
  • Memory,
  • Attachment,
  • Psychopathology,
  • Approaches in Psychology,
  • Biopsychology,
  • Research methods.

Topics covered in Year 13

  • Issues and debates in Psychology,
  • Relationships,
  • Schizophrenia,
  • Forensics,
  • Research methods.

How is it assessed?

At the end of the two years student complete 3 Written exams; 2 hours each. Each paper consists of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.