Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

KS5 Psychology

Dream Jobs

  • Forensic Psychology 
  • Counsellor 
  • Sports Psychologist 
  • Neuropsychologist 
  • Business Manager 
  • Clinical Psychologist 
  • Teaching 
  • Marketing 
  • Child Psychologist 

What do our students say?

‘I think studying psychology was one of the best decisions I’ve made! I realised that psychology doesn’t solely focus on mental illness but various other topics.  
One thing that I love about psychology is that it teaches you why people behave the way they do. It looks at how your childhood relationships and attachments shapes your personality and the way you are today!  
I also love the fact that you can apply what you’ve learnt to the real world. For example, when we were studying the memory topic, you can see why teachers give you different revision methods in order to make sure that the content sticks into your head (long term memory) and how highlighting and reading isn’t the best way to revise as information will only go to your short term memory . With social influence you realise why people obey even if they do not like the orders they are being given. In attachment you get to explore the different attachment types in different cultures and places around the world!  
I think the most fun thing about psychology is being able to learn about a variety of different topics! From attachment, gender, aggression and many more.  
I love how engaging the subject is and I love how excited we would all get when we learnt about something so fun in class and we would go around telling all the other students!  
It’s a great subject to study and it will open many many doors for you if you want to continue studying it at university!! ‘ 
Mahada Atoosh 
‘The thing I liked most about studying Psychology is how each topic is different yet still somehow link. Its a subject where you learn alot about yourself and the world around you! 
‘The most interesting thing I learnt about in Psychology is because Phobias and attachments because they were topics I was able to apply to real life and I found them really interesting too.  
The curriculum helped me to be successful in my studies because things like LCWC and prework meant I was able to memorise a great deal of knowledge I would have otherwise been unable to remember. The topics we studied were very interesting and fun!’ 
Faiza Ali 

What do our parents say?

“The purpose of Psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best” - P. Valry 

KS5 Psychology at OASB

We know that no matter what students of OASB go onto to do it will involve interacting and communicating with other people effectively and successfully. Our Psychology curriculum empowers our students to do this. Psychology at OASB aims to cultivate a passion and curiosity for why people behave the way they do. We want students to be able to draw upon core psychological perspectives to explain their own and other people’s behaviour. 

Our curriculum is sequenced so that pupils learn the fundamental psychological concepts first with each topic building on this knowledge and allowing them to apply this to other contexts. Students begin by learning the core psychological perspectives to gain a sound understanding of the different ways in which we can explain human behaviour. Each topic then builds on this and we can use these perspectives to explain attachment, memory and psychopathological disorders (more general behaviours). In year 13 pupils then focus in on specific behaviours in the option subjects and use their knowledge from year 1 to explain gender, schizophrenia and aggression.  

Research methods are interleaved throughout the two years so that pupils can make links between the practical aspects of studying behaviour and the topics they are learning.  

Our students deserve an ambitious curriculum and we achieve this by ensuring that content is constantly interleaved throughout the course and pupils are exposed to different contexts in which they can apply this content to. Not only does this build a pupils’ application skills, but it also enables them to more effectively understand why people behave the way they do in the world around them which will equip them to be successful in any realm of occupation beyond their academic study. This provides our students with the choice and opportunity to study Psychology at undergraduate level and beyond. 


For further information on the KS5 Psychology curriculum at OASB please email