Mrs A Jerrvais B.Sc Head of Department
Miss A. Gomes B.Sc
The Psychology Department aims to:
• stimulate an interest and enthusiasm in the understanding of mind and behaviour;
• encourage an interest in and appreciation of psychology through an exploration of the ways in which psychology is conducted;
• develop psychological skills as well as the learning of psychological knowledge;
• ensure that students consider spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues within the psychological knowledge available to them;
• encourage students to be aware of the wide diversity of human behaviour and of the need for tolerance and sensitivity in dealing with others;
The OCR A-Level syllabus is chosen with the above in mind since one of the syllabus aims is to include the application of Psychology to real-life events. All units in this course cover the essential elements of Psychology, generate interest in students and provide a sound base for further study at Higher Education. All students are encouraged to achieve their full potential in this subject with learning objectives tailored to individual needs. Students will have the opportunity to experience a range of stimulating extra-curricular experiences through whole class on-island visits (e.g. Magistrates’ court; primate observations at Durrell), off-island visits to London; participating in Psychology Academy sessions and attending Inquiring Minds lectures. The department is committed to building opportunities to link with the wider community and create national links. These opportunities demonstrate the departments commitment to providing an open-ended curriculum that engages students, teachers and parents in exciting learning. The Psychology curriculum at JCG promotes high quality learning experiences that engages students and inspires excellence.
In November 2012 the Psychology department hosted Emeritus Professor David Canter for a thought provoking day discussing Geographical Offender Profiling. In May 2013 Professor of Child Psychopathology, Andy Field, was welcomed to College to engage students in a statistics workshop and lecture. His evening Inquiring Minds lecture, entitled ‘The Development of Fear during Early Childhood: Are Daleks or Parents more scary?’ provided the audience with an understanding of the extent to which children’s fearful emotional reactions are influenced by what they hear, what they see, their personalities, and their parents. Students and teachers at JCG are excited to learn and are highly motivated to discover more. Everyone shares high expectations of learning and achievement. Through exposing students to a wide range of stimulating resources, research and academics we encourage students to be proactive in their learning and to be inquiring.
The OCR specification provides students with the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of psychology. Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging set of key skills, including being able to communicate effectively using appropriate language, to interpret and critically assess scientific data, and to research and critically evaluate a range of sources. The specifications also encourage the development of strong literacy and numeracy skills through three examinations. From September 2015 the specification will involve:
Component 1: Research methods
Component 1 introduces the world of psychological research methods. Students are required to conduct their own practical work. This component provides students with the opportunity to understand what’s involved in a range of different research methods and techniques, and it creates awareness of associated strengths and weaknesses.
Students are encouraged to reflect on their research journeys as they develop vital investigative skills and develop an appreciation of the principles of empirical scientific enquiry.
Component 2: Psychological themes through core studies
Component 2 introduces key themes and core studies in psychology. The selection of classic and contemporary studies enables students to appreciate how psychological knowledge and understanding develop over time. By the end of the component, students have built up a varied knowledge of twenty exemplar studies, a sound understanding of key themes, and strong critical evaluation skills.
Component 3: Applied psychology
Component 3 involves a compulsory section on issues in mental health and an exciting range of options* as students discover how psychology is used in applied areas:
Sport and exercise psychology.
* Students will study two of these four options based on the expertise of teaching staff in 2016/17. The assessment provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning through extended writing.
The full draft 2015 specification is available to read here: