Psychology is offered at KS5, where we follow the AQA specification.
The A Level programme aims to provide students with a rich, inspiring and broad experience that develops their curiosity and develops their love of learning, and where they can develop an understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience and how the environment in which they exist shapes and influences them. Psychology is the science of human behaviour and experience; it aims to study objectively the human mind and behaviour through conducting research. It also has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from things like artificial intelligence to social change. We explore key psychological theories, develop skills of analysis and interpretation of research, and explore the ethical issues involved in conducting Psychology experiments.
Students study social influence, attachment, and psychopathology, alongside approaches in psychology, issues and debates in psychology, and research methods, and forensic psychology over the two years of study.
Learning beyond the classroom
We regularly attend the AQA exam revision day in London, as well as attend A-Level focused Psychology conferences, and visit University College London as part of our Summer Project.
At Ashlyns, we believe that the development of students’ love of learning is of central importance in our curriculum. In order to give students every opportunity to develop this, we have developed a Challenge Curriculum which provides the opportunity for students to enhance their learning across the subjects. The activities contained within the Challenge Curriculum are for students to undertake independently, and take lots of forms, including watching films or clips, visiting museums, conducting independent research, listening to podcasts, and watching lectures online. They are by no means exhaustive, and we encourage all activities that enable students to engage with subjects beyond the classroom and further their learning. Students should let their teachers know which activities they have completed, and are able to earn merits for doing so.