Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma ProgrammeAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Curricula

Autumn Term

  • Students will continue the topic of research methods with one teacher, covering data handling and analysis, including the different types of statistical testing used to analyse psychological research, the use of correlations and how psychological investigations are reported. On completion of research methods, students will begin to explore the topic of gender. This includes looking at the concept of androgeny, the role hormones play in gender development and two atypical sex chromosome patterns.
  • With the other teacher, biopsychology will continue with an exploration of the brain, including its plasticity and recovery after trauma, split-brain research and how the brain is investigated. The topic will also cover biological rhythms, including the circadian rhythms and infradian and ultradian rhythms. On completion of this, some additional research methods will be covered, including reliability and validity, the features of science, distributions and content analysis.
  • Assessments: w/c 12 October – internal assessment week

Spring Term

  • In the spring term, students will continue the topic of gender, covering a number of explanations as to how gender develops, including the cognitive explanations, the psychodynamic explanation and social learning theory. Finally, the role of media and culture in shaping gender will be explored and also the issue of gender identity disorder. Following on from this, students will look at a number of very important issues and debates within psychology, including gender and culture bias, nature vs nurture, free will vs determinism, holism and reductionism, idiographic and nomothetic approaches and the ethical implications of both psychological research and theory. This will enable students to apply what they have learnt in the various topics to these important elements of psychology.
  • Meanwhile, with the other teacher, students will begin the topic of schizophrenia. This provides a fascinating insight into this mental disorder, including its diagnosis and classification, the biological and psychological explanations for its cause and their associated treatments, including CBT and drug therapy and finally the role stress can play in the onset of this disorder. On completion of this, students will begin the interesting topic of forensic psychology with one teacher, which includes defining and measuring crime, offender profiling, biological and psychological explanations for why people commit a crime and how we should best deal with offending behaviour.
  • Assessments:
  • w/c 4 January: assessment week 2
  • w/c 7 March: mock exams

Summer Term

  • Students will complete any outstanding research methods and for the remainder of this term, lessons will be focused on the revision of the material throughout the year in preparation for external exams.
  • External examinations: dates to be confirmed.