Curriculum - Psychology

Pupils and teacher outside


Across RET schools the psychology curriculum is both academic and ambitious. Students will:

  1. develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.
  2. develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.
  3. develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  4. develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  5. understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

All schools follow the AQA specification. It is only taught at KS5.


Students will be taught to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.
  2. Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures:
    1. in a theoretical context
    2. in a practical context
    3. when handling qualitative data
    4. when handling quantitative data.
  3. Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to:
    1. make judgements and reach conclusions
    2. develop and refine practical design and procedures.

Key Themes/Concepts

All students study

  • social influence
  • memory
  • attachment
  • psychopathology
  • approaches in psychology
  • biopsychology
  • research methods
  • issues and debates in psychology

and at least one from each list below



cognition and development


eating behaviour



forensic psychology


Links to KS4:

Psychology is taught at GCSE level at St. Andrew at KS4 and KS5, and at KS5 in the other schools. Knowledge and skills from mathematics, science, humanities and PSHE/citizenship are useful.

The A level course provides excellent preparation to further study of the subject in higher education.


Examples include:

  • BFS
  • BKS: Student conferences, speakers (clinical psychologist), trip to Bethlam Hospital, Freud Museum (All TBC)
  • STA