Psychology

Adams College Transition Work

Psychology

This transition work is intended to prepare you for A level study. We would like you to work through the tasks listed.
You must bring your completed work with you on Wednesday 5th September, ready to demonstrate your understanding of the transition tasks in lessons. Teachers will test your knowledge and understanding of this work in class tests, the week beginning 17th September.

The following website provides a simple, yet concise description of what Psychology is:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/articles/psychology/what_is_psychology.shtml

The next website goes into more detail regarding the development of Psychology as a separate discipline and explains the links to both Philosophy and Biology. Familiarise yourself with the differing schools of thought or perspectives and the differing specialty areas of Psychology in today’s society:

https://www.verywellmind.com/psychology-4014660

A major part of Psychology is research. Research can take many forms from laboratory experiments to interviews. Understanding the basis of scientific enquiry is essential in Psychology, as is the statistical analysis of research and ethical considerations. The following clip introduces some of these aspects:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFV71QPvX2I&index=2&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOPRKzVLY0jJY-uHOH9KVU6

(The Psychology Crash Course videos are excellent – many relate to topics you will cover during the course, so it would be advisable to watch a selection)
There is no right answer in Psychology, but much research, theory and debate. Explanations of human behaviour generally relate to the four different approaches that you will study in Year 1 – Social, Cognitive, Learning and Biological, so familiarise yourself with these differing perspectives. Year 2 focuses on applying your knowledge to Clinical and Criminological Psychology and full details of the course, including sample assessment material can be found on the Pearson website below – take some time to read through the various documents, including:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/psychology-2015.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

A large part of the course will consist of understanding and evaluating concepts, theories and aspects of research. It is important to always question the reliability and validity of theory and research. Conduct your own independent research and familiarise yourself with the concepts of generalisability, reliability, validity, objectivity, subjectivity and credibility, considering how they are used within Psychology.
You will be assessed on your understanding of the concepts and topics covered above, alongside some basic mathematical understanding required for research and data analysis, to include measures of central tendency, percentages, ratios, probability, frequency tables, bar charts, histograms and scatter graphs. Also consider your scientific understanding of research and experimentation, to include aims, variables (independent and dependent) and hypotheses (null, directional and non-directional).

The more independent research you conduct, the more informed you will become. This will ensure your chosen programme of study is appropriate to your personal interests and abilities.

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