Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 16 PSYCHOLOGY Curriculum Leader: Mr K Bygrave The new Psychology A Level (from 2015) is a linear course. Linear means that students will sit all the exams for the whole A Level at the end of their two year course. A Level Subject content The first year contains the compulsory content, in which the students learn 8 topics. Compulsory content • Social influence • Memory • Attachment • Psychopathology • Approaches in Psychology • Biopsychology • Research methods • Issues and debates in Psychology The second year contains some options units, where the students will study one from each option.The options are chosen by the school, so we all do the same. Optional Option 1 • Relationships • Gender • Cognition and development Option 2 • Schizophrenia • Eating behaviour • Stress Option 3 • Aggression • Forensic Psychology • Addiction The course is assessed in three exams. Each exam is a mixture of multiple choice questions, short answers and pieces of extended writing. Each exam lasts 2 hours and is worth 33.3% of the total grade.There is no course work. Paper One: Introductory Topics in psychology PaperTwo: Psychology in Context PaperThree: Issues and Options in psychology Please note – if you are studying A Level Psychology and not studying A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking Quantitative Reasoning as a 4th option. RELIGIOUS STUDIES Exam Board: Eduqas Curriculum Leader: Mrs E Gledhill A2 Philosophy, Ethics & Religion This course helps you to explore Philosophical, Ethical and Religious understanding of the world we live in. The aims are to: • develop interest in a rigorous study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion and belief and relate it to the wider world • develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion • develop an understanding and appreciation of Philosophical, Ethical and Religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study. Throughout Year 12 and 13 students study 3 components: 1) Religion (33.3%) Judaism: Religious beliefs, values and teachings; sources of wisdom and authority; practices that shape religious identity; religion and society. There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification. 2) Philosophy (33.3%) Philosophical issues and questions; the nature and influence of religious experience; problems of evil and suffering; philosophical language; work of scholars. There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification. 3) Ethics (33.3%) Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; a study of ethical theories; Medical ethics; ethical language; work of scholars. There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification Method of Assessment: Exams in June of Year 13. All essay based. There are three 2 hour exams in total – 1 for each of the above components. Additional Information: Students will visit a Jewish Place of worship and have guest speakers to raise their awareness of the impact of faith on a modern believer.

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