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Curriculum intent statement

The Psychology department’s aim is to study human mind and behaviour through the AQA Psychology specification. The course itself offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology, so students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of the subject. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers. Students are encouraged to be aspirational and aim high from the very beginning of the course so that they may achieve at their very best.
The course content is organised so that knowledge and skills are gradually built upon, using a variety of learning techniques. Students will be expected to engage in discussion about often sensitive issues, with respect and integrity. During the second year, the students will be expected to work more independently and confidently as the academic demands become more challenging. This gradual increment in academic demands will enable the students to empower themselves to be ‘made for greatness’.
Psychology students at Cardinal Newman Catholic School will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking and improved communication plus many more that will prepare them for an exciting future with the possibility of a range of fantastic careers.

Curriculum implementation

This course will enable students to focus on different topics which will allow for a scientific and theoretical understanding of why people behave the way in which they do. Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop their own psychological understanding by applying their knowledge to a range of STEM questions/scenarios (practical application). They are also able to gain awareness of psychological issues and debates through active engagement with the different topics studied through critical analysis, independent thinking and research.


Link to A Level – AQA Psychology:

Link to Psychology Department page

Link to Curriculum overview documents - see below