Psychology

Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Involve themselves in lunch-time revision classes and other additional sessions.
  • Take a leading role in learning in lessons – contribute ideas and think critically about what they read.
  • Entering competitions – psychological research.
  • Reading widely – see below for wider reading.
  • Listening to the news – having a news app on their mobile telephone/iPad and using it; watch out specifically for news items on health, education, science, nature, crime and relationships.
  • Watching specific television programmes which reinforce the curriculum – Question Time; Panorama and specific documentaries on education, health and crime.
  • Look out for talks and events run by the British Psychological Society.
  • Go on trips/visits organised by Curriculum Areas – for example, local courts trip and Tutor2u.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

Reading:

  • Understanding Psychology – Nicky Hayes.
  • Games People Play – Dr. Eric Berne.
  • I'm Ok, You're Ok – Dr. Thomas Harris.
  • 50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need to Know – Adrian Furnham.
  • The Chimp Paradox – Professor Steve Peters.

Magazines:

  • Psychology Review.
  • Psychology Today.
  • The Psychologist.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

Websites:

player.fm/featured/psychology
www.psychcentral.com - Psych Central.
www.psychologytoday.com - Psychology Today.
www.aqa.org.uk - AQA Resources.

Podcasts:

www.psychology.org - The Encyclopaedia of Psychology.
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes

Can film assist with supporting the curriculum?

Films:

  • 12 Angry Men.
  • A Beautiful Mind.
  • The Blind Side.
  • Identity.
  • Memento.
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • Rain Man.

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to download free Apps, for example Quizlet.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to set up work experience and/or voluntary or charity work, as well as visit the local law courts.
  • Discuss economic-related affairs at home; encourage your son or daughter to watch 15-20 minutes of news every day to keep abreast of political, social, economic and world affairs.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to talk to the older generation at home about their perspective on events in the past and how views and opinions have altered.

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