Staff within the Department

Miss L Douglas​Head of Department
BA Sociology

Ms M. Harper - Psychology Teacher
PCGE in Social Science

Mr P. Jarvis - Psychology Teacher
PCGE in Social Science​

At Ellen Wilkinson we offer psychology at A-Level. It is a popular choice with many students relishing the opportunity to study a subject that they have not experienced before with a number of students continuing to study the subject at university each year.

Psychology is the study of the mind and the way that humans behave. We look at why individuals act the way they do, focusing on a variety of psychological areas.

Examples of questions we investigate:

  • Are we the result of our genes or our environment?
  • Can we rely on eyewitness testimony         
  • Can we measure intelligence?
  • How far will we obey authority?
  • Could we teach a chimp language?
  • How does our infancy affect our lives?


Students can choose to take psychology for A-level from year 12.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Core studies – 15 of the most influential psychological studies

 - Cognitive, social, developmental, individual difference and physiological

Psychological investigations – analysing research  methods


Year 13

Applied psychology – clinical and forensic

Approaches to psychology

Research methods


We follow the OCR A-Level sociology specification. You can find out more information here –

Enrichment activities to do at home

If students are keen to progress in their psychology education outside of school, the following would be useful:

  • There are many fiction and non-fiction books which cover psychological issues. These are a few examples:

    The curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon
    Perks of being a wallflower – Stephen Chboksy
    Use the internet to find the original studies you cover to gain additional information
    Documentaries on the causes of crime