Highgrove Education

Introduction to Psychology

This elective covers various areas of Psychology, focusing primarily on biological bases of behaviour, cognition, and social constructs.  These core concepts will then be applied to everyday life and a variety of career focuses, demonstrating how psychology impacts us in a whole host of fields ranging from law and human resources to education and medicine.

Key Information

COURSE SYLLABUS

TEACHER PROFILE

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
DepartmentSocial Science
TeacherMs Kelly Fitzsimons, Head of Psychology
Course Length10 weeks 
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week 
ExaminationNone 
Entry RequirementsNone 

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1Psychology: misconceptions, methods, and theories
Lesson 2Nature vs nurture
Lesson 3Learning theories of behaviour
Lesson 4Biological theories of behaviour
Lesson 5Cognitive theories of behaviour
Lesson 6Psychodynamic theories of behaviour
Lesson 7Key research in psychology (1)
Lesson 8Key research in psychology (2)
Lesson 9Exploring key topics: clinical psychology
Lesson 10Exploring key topics: developmental psychology

Teacher Profile

Ms Fitzsimons has taught Psychology and Sociology for over fifteen years, most recently teaching at Harrow School Online. She has worked as a Head of Psychology at Chelsea Academy and as an Examiner for Psychology for the OCR and Edexcel exam boards. She also has experience educating students on a one-to one basis who could not attend school due to behavioural, medical, or special educational needs. Ms Fitzsimons has authored the Psychology self-study courses for Highgrove Online School.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology and a PGCE from the Institute of Education in London in Social Science.