Psychology Key Stage 4

Year 10

Year 10 Curriculum OverviewTopicUnit content

Psychological problems
Defining crime/Why criminal behaviour occurs/social learning theory/Eysenck’s criminal personality theory/Changing nature of punishment

Defining mental health/Stigma and discrimination/Biological & psychological explanations of Schizophrenia/Biological & psychological explanations of Clinical Depression/Development of treatments


Research Methods 1
Stages of development and the development of brain structures and functions/IQ tests/Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development/Dweck’s Mindset Theory/Willingham’s Learning Theory/Changing role of education

Hypotheses/Variables/Experiment design/Population and sampling/Ethical Guidelines/Experiments/Interviews/
Questionnaires (Surveys)/
Case Studies/


Year 11

Year 11 Curriculum OverviewTopicUnit content
PR1Sleep and dreaming

Social Influence
"Sleep/Sleep disorders/Endogenous pacemakers & exogenous zeitgebers/Nature of Dreaming/Freudian Theory of Dreaming/Activation Synthesis Theory/Treatments for insomnia"

Conformity including majority influence/Collective and crowd behaviour/Obedience/Situational Factors/Dispositional Factors/Changing attitudes


Research methods 2
Information processing/Forgetting/Brain and memories/Amnesia/Multi-store Model of Memory/Reconstructive Memory/Techniques used for recall

Types of Data/Descriptive Statistics/Tables, Charts and Graphs/Reliability and Validity/Sources of bias