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  • 1. The Polesworth School Yr 12 Induction BookletHead of Dept: - Mrs D A Gajic Ms. S Smith www.tomlinsonhall.com 1
  • 2. Welcome to PsychologyCongratulations on choosing to study Psychology!I’m sure that you will find the course both interesting and enjoyable.Hard work and commitment will be rewarded with a good examinationgrade. The study of psychology is a partnership between you and yourteachers. Your teachers are 100% dedicated to your success, make sureyou are too!This booklet is designed to introduce you to Psychology, the coursespecification and the way in which the course will be delivered.The examination Specification we follow is OCR www.ocr.org.ukWe recommend you purchase: - AS Core Studies and Research MethodsOCR by Philip Banyard and Cara Flanagan Psychology Press ISBN978-1-84169-728-4A qualification in Psychology is a valuable asset in almost any career,respected both by employers and by Higher Education establishments.Whatever your plans for the future, knowledge of human behaviour andmental processes will prove to be relevant and useful, both in the workenvironment and in your social and personal life. 2
  • 3. What is Psychology?• Most adults on crowded city streets will not stop to help a person lying on the pavement. Why?• Often, people see someone across a crowded room and are immediately attracted to them. Why?• Some people join racist groups and actively discriminate against ethnic minorities. Why?• When boarding a bus, most of us seek out a seat on our own rather than sit by a stranger. Why?Psychologists seek to find explanations for question like these, bycarrying out research.Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Psychologyis, in the main, a ‘positivistic’ discipline, as it uses carefully controlledmethods of observation and experimentation. The findings ofresearch are rigorously analysed using statistical tests. Applied PsychologyIn the field of applied psychology, psychologists work in a number ofsettings to directly improve the public’s quality of life. Clinicalpsychologists work mainly in hospitals and clinics, helping those withmental disorders and emotional and behavioural difficulties.Educational psychologists work in schools and in co-operation withparents and teachers, help children with learning difficulties andbehavioural problems. Occupational psychologists advise companies onworking conditions, recruitment and selection of staff, and in thedesign of machinery and equipment. Those psychologists working inthe field of forensic/criminal psychology advise the legal professionand aid police investigation through forensic analysis and offenderprofiling. 3
  • 4. Expectations of the Psychology Dept. As students of post-compulsory education, you have made a conscious commitment to study at Polesworth 6th form centre. As teachers, we have a duty to ensure that you fulfil your educational potential. The following expectations ensure that both teachers and students work together towards the common objective of maximising and fulfilling the potential of each individual student. Read the following statements carefully; if you don’t think you can fulfil these simple requirements then please choose another A level subject! Students must: - 1. Respect other people and the environment 2. Keep mobile phones in bags and turned off 3. Bring appropriate equipment e.g. psychology folder, pen, etc. 4. Attend at least 90% of all lessons 5. Be punctual to all lessons 6. Meet all deadlines 7. Maximum effort 8. Achievement to the best of your abilityTeachers will: - 1. Provide you with an interesting, accurate and up to date view of the subject. 2. Provide engaging and enjoyable lessons. 3. Prepare you with the necessary exam skills to succeed by way of regular past exam paper practice. 4. Return written work to you within 10 working days with suggested comments for improvement. 5. Provide you with ample opportunities to discuss your work individual, by appointment.Course Equipment Requirements and Further Reading.You will need a lever arch file to keep all your psychology notes together,this must be brought to every lesson. On the first day of term it isexpected that you bring a file with this booklet at the front. Files will bechecked every half term.We recommend you purchase: - AS Core Studies and Research MethodsOCR by Philip Banyard and Cara Flanagan Psychology Press ISBN978-1-84169-728-4 4
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