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6th Form Prospectus

Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus

PSYCHOLOGY Examination

PSYCHOLOGY Examination Board: AQA What topics are covered? Compulsory: 1. Social influence 2. Memory 3. Attachment 4. Psychopathology (all assessed in Paper 1) 5. Approaches in 6. Biopsychology 7. Research Methods (all assessed in Paper 2) 8. Issues & Debates in Why do Psychology at SGS? Think! Who are you? What makes you and others tick? Who are you going to be? Psychology is the subject that can teach you how to investigate these questions and open your mind to a whole spectrum of ideas. Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. At SGS small class sizes mean plenty of discussion time, reflection and tailored feedback. Option 1: choice of 1. Relationships 2. Gender 3. Cognition & Development Option 2: choice of 4. Schizophrenia 5. Eating behaviour 6. Stress Option 3: choice of 7. Aggression 8. Forensic Psychology 9. Addiction (8 + 3 options assessed in Paper3) What skills will I gain doing Psychology? Studying psychology is very useful in helping you understand people. Psychology can explain how you learn and how to improve your memory. This will make you a much more effective student. You will also get a thorough grounding in scientific analysis and evaluation and learn about different ‘levels of explanation’. What career paths would this be a suitable subject for? Psychology is an invaluable subject for anyone wishing to go into teaching, management or business in general, and is the best preparation for anyone wishing to work with people. More specifically you need the subject for the applied areas of clinical psychology, any of the therapies (e.g. psychoanalysis, CCT, CBT, counselling etc), forensic psychology, law, human resources, educational psychology, evolutionary psychology etc. What trips are available? The annual Psychology conference in London is the ultimate experience! Inspiring speakers, hypnotised ‘flying’ students – it will amaze you! Since 2014 we have had overnight trips with the second day including a hands-on topic-based visit to either the Tavistock Clinic or Maudsley Hospital, where students have the chance to ask practitioners detailed questions about treatments of common and not so common mental health disorders. There will be a guided tour of the ‘Jack the Ripper trail’ and the trip is then rounded off with a visit to the famous Freud Museum where students can see Freud’s practice – including the famous couch. Convinced? Psychology is a demanding subject that requires students to be able to draw on a wide range of abilities, so places in sixth form and particularly at undergraduate level at university are limited. You need a reasonably good memory and must be prepared to work hard. It is advantageous to have a good grade at GCSE English Language and Mathematics (at least grade B) and an understanding of biology would also prove useful. A willingness to evaluate theories and analyse data is essential, but most important is the desire to understand the behaviour and basic mechanics of the human mind and its evolution. Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 33

RELIGIOUS STUDIES (Philosophy and Ethics) Examination Board: OCR Which topics will I study? AS Philosophy starts by looking at Ancient Greek and Judeo- Christian influences on religious philosophy, before moving on to traditional arguments for and against the existence of God. We then move on to issues raised by the existence of evil in the world and conclude with an investigation into the relationship between religion and science. AS Ethics explores a number of ancient and contemporary ethical theories and how they can be applied to issues such as abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, war and the ethics of business. Why should I include this subject in my studies at SGS Sixth Form? On a practical level, this subject provides an excellent bridge between the humanities and the sciences. It has been chosen by students who have gone on to university to study subjects as diverse as history, medicine and anthropology. The department prides itself on building the confidence of its students as they transfer from GCSE to A-level studies and works with all members of the course on a one-to-one basis to ensure that this happens as smoothly as possible. In every case we tailor the learning experience to your individual needs. Teaching and learning methods have included university style seminars and debates, as well as student-led presentations and investigations. While substantial amounts of help are always to hand, students are also encouraged and helped to become more pro-active in their learning – an essential skill for university study. What skills will I gain from A-level Philosophy and Ethics? Most importantly, the ability to use critical thinking, logic and reasoning in the development and presentation of an argument. These are valued by employers and essential for a wide range of careers. In addition, you will be able to express yourself clearly and cogently in writing, showing that you have taken a wide range of differing points of view into account. You will also have a thorough understanding of how and why ethical and philosophical issues continue to affect areas such as politics, finance, business, the environment and medical research. Which careers is this subject a good grounding for? You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, so you could consider any career where the flow and management of information is important. Examples could include: the diplomatic service, social work, healthcare, education, politics, law, the armed services and the police. Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 34

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