Our department has an extremely successful track record over a number of years and we are continually striving to achieve even better grades progressively each year.  Our psychology department is very well-established, has a stable set of supportive staff and is headed by a highly experienced leader who is also head of year in the sixth form. This allows us to provide first class provision to all our students.

In terms of value-added Silverdale’s psychology department is regularly in the top 10% of schools offering this subject. This means our students are very likely to get their target grade with us. We always have a high number of students getting A*, A and B grades at A Level.

We are a friendly department and student feedback is extremely positive. We offer weekly mentoring sessions for Years 10 -13 and exam revision support sessions 5 times a week.

Psychology is very useful and works particularly well with biology, sociology, English language, PE and chemistry. Ten percent of the marks at A-level are for mathematical and statistical skills.



Psychology is studied at both GCSE level in Gable Hall School and A Level at the Stanford & Corringham 6th Form College. Psychology is a very broad and fascinating subject, which involves the scientific study of the human brain and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context. There are many different types of psychologists from cognitive to behavioural. For example, it is really useful to learn how your memory works and how children make attachments, and how to promote your own sense of wellbeing and mental health.

Sociology is studied at A level in the Stanford & Corringham 6th Form College. Sociology is the study of society - how people interact in groups. A level Sociology examines social behaviour from a variety of perspectives: how it originates and then develops, and the ways people are organised into groups according to distinctions such as class, gender and race.


Psychology is a suitable course for a wide range of careers which involve working with people, as well as for progression on to higher education. Possible career options include forensic psychology, health psychology, research, neuropsychology and educational psychology as well as occupational psychology and as a pathway into teaching and social work. Particularly exciting areas for psychology graduates to explore are the developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

Key Stage 4

The KS4 cohorts will be taking the AQA Psychology New Specification (8182 from 2017).  They will be graded from 9 to 1 under the new GCSE grading system.  All examinations will be closed text –meaning pupils will not be able to access the texts they have studied during the exam, therefore putting an emphasis on their ability to revise in preparation for examination.
Students in Violet, Indigo and Yellow colour groups are currently offered this subject in year 9. The specification consists of studying the topics of Memory, Child Development, Perception and Research Methods in year 1 (unit 1) and then Social Influence, Language Thought & Communication, Brain & Neuropsychology, and Psychological Problems in year 2 (unit 2). 

KS4 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 5

The KS5 syllabus is again written by the AQA board Psychology New Specification (7182 from 2015) 
It will encourage the development of critical awareness and understanding of individual works of literature which stems from the GCSE course though it is not necessary for students to have studied psychology at GCSE level to take the course. The course requires students to outline (A01), Illustrate & Apply (AO2) and Analyse/Evaluate (AO3) 11 topics over 2 years of study. The course is entirely exam based without any course work or assessment during the course. The students are graded from A* - U as they sit three end of course exams. Paper 1 consists of the topics Memory, Social Influence, Attachment and Psychopathology. Paper 2 consists of topics Research Methods, Psychological Approaches and Biopsychology. Paper 3 consists of Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Aggression and Stress. 


Mr D. Harries - Department Leader

Miss G. Chipperfield

Mrs K. Harrington

Miss E. Williams

Miss N. Coppin


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