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If you are thinking of taking up an instrument but not sure which one to choose, come along to our Try an Instrument Day - open to Year 6 students who have a place at SJL starting in September, plus any current SJL students in Years 7-9.


Reminder to Y10 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 6 June at 6pm


Just Wow Toby Cherry clears a new PB of 2:03m at the weekend. So proud of this young man


Vacancy - we are seeking an enthusiastic IT/Media Support Technician to provide first line media and technical support. Apply now


Term Date - a reminder that next week is half term.Have an enjoyable break, we hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the sunshine. We look forward to seeing you all back Monday 5 June.


Our Year 10 Food Technology students enjoyed a masterclass with cookbook author and TV chef Theo Michaels - Theo helped the students to make burritos, including making the tortillas, whipping up a salsa and a variety of fillings, while offering tips and advice.


Alumni: What a first season with we are all so proud of you at SJL Your hard work and dedication is really paying off, you are an inspiration to all the young sports people at our school


Alumni: What a first season with we are all so proud of you at SJL . Your hard work and dedication is really paying off, you are an inspiration to all the young sports people at our school


60 of our best mathematicians from years 7 and 8 recently achieved SJL’s best ever Junior Maths Challenge results. In total they achieved 24 Gold medals, 20 Silver and 13 Bronze. The top 17 qualified for the follow on round in June. Well done year 7 and 8!


Our Year 9 Social Sciences students gained further insight into the world of politics when Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin & Harpenden, came to a Q&A session, giving our students the chance to ask many questions on a wide range of topics.


Our lovely rabbits and chickens now have fabulous new homes thanks to some Year 9 students who put two new wooden hutches together.


Following the visit last week from TV journalist and presenter Martine Croxall our Media Studies students began creating their own news story as part of . Take a look at the full news broadcast here


This week students will be discussing the benefits of 'reading' and the word 'intertextuality' (when a new text is connected to & influenced by previous texts).“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr Seuss


We're throwing it back to last week's Year 10 Music Showcase - what an amazing evening!


Reminder to Y10 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens tomorrow, 23 May, at 6pm


Year 9 Social Science students have been busy filming a Political Party Campaign as part of their politics module - creating their own party and developing their own policies.


Good luck to our Year 12 students who will be out on work experience this week. Please do all that you can to make the most of your week and enjoy the experience. We look forward to hearing all about it.


A celebration of alliums waiting to be cut and placed on reception


Everyone is in and cooking!


Alumni: So proud of this young man! Clubman of the year at Verulamians RFC after a brilliant season with some 1st Team Rugby experience. Keep it up Matty you are an inspiration to so many


Amazing creativity on display as Year 10 art students develop ideas for their final piece of work as part of their portrait project.


Our Year 12 Economy students gained insight into the day-to-day life of an economist with a brilliant talk by Bank of England Senior Economist Gosia Goralczyk. Our students gained a greater understanding about the function of the Bank of England to monitor financial stability.


Highlights from the second half of the Spring term, including the ski trip to Saas-Fee in Switzerland, Austen's Got Talent and the visit to Montpellier for our Year 10 students studying French. Presented and produced by SJL Media Faculty.


Last weekend Harry competed in the East of England Regional Swimming Championships. He came: 7th in U14 100m Butterfly 6th in U14 400m Individual Medley 1st in U14 200m Butterfly He swam fantastically - achieving personal best times in both the heat and final.


A fun interactive quiz using iPad's for Year 8 students in their RE lesson, helping to strengthen their learning about different religions.

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Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Board: AQA (7182)

Psychology is the study of the brain and behaviour. It covers fascinating questions such as why men are more aggressive than women, how romantic relationships form, the unreliable nature of our memory, and why we obey street signs. This course will help students to think critically about scientific ideas, while also learning about how the way humans behave is influenced by their genes and their surroundings.


Module 1 Written Exam 2 Hrs 33% - Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology

Module 2 Written Exam 2 Hrs 33% - Approaches, Biopsychology, Research Methods

Module 3 Written Exam 2 Hrs 33% - Issues and Debates, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Aggression

NB: There is no course work - assessment is entirely by examination.

Course content

There are 3 modules which will be taught across the two years of the course.

Module 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Memory - including Eye Witness Testimony
  • Attachment – how do bonds form between infants and their parents?
  • Social Influence – including Conformity and Obedience
  • Psychopathology – The study of abnormality

Module 2 – Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology – how do Psychologists explain behaviour?
  • Biopsychology – how does the brain affect behaviour?
  • Research Methods – how are studies conducted in Psychology?

Module 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • Relationships – including attraction and romantic love
  • Schizophrenia – what causes Schizophrenia and how do we treat it?
  • Aggression – explanations of human aggression, including media influences such as computer games

Entry requirements 

Since Psychology is a new course in the Sixth Form you will usually have no previous experience in school. We do however require you to achieve grade 6-6 or above in Combined Science or grade 6 or above in Triple Science, grade 6 or above in English at GCSE and grade 4 or above in Mathematics at GCSE. All students must have an APS of 4.5 or above. It will also help if you:
  • Are interested in what makes human beings tick
  • Have a lively and enquiring mind
  • Have a good grasp of mathematics and good writing skills
  • Are capable of contributing to discussion and working independently
  • Enjoy a challenge
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