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Breda Academy, Belfast
Read and Write is available for pupils to download for free at home and on school computers. Pupils can download the software onto any device.   FREE Read & Write Software Now Available for Breda Academy Students   All Breda Academy pupils are now registered to download and use TextHelp’s ‘Read & Write’ software at home for FREE.   Read & Write is a toolbar available for all pupils to download for FREE at home and to also use on school computers. The toolbar has a number of excellent features to guide pupils’ work, such as: dictionaries and picture dictionaries; text to speech generators; spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers; research highlighters; and a range of other useful features that can be used to form a personalised toolbar that suits your child’s learning needs. This software makes extended pieces of writing more accurate, and makes researching more efficient; this is particularly valuable for pupils studying for GCSE and A Level examinations.   Read & Write can be downloaded on to laptops, PCs and tablets, and on to Windows, Android, iPads, Macs and Chrome Book devices.   Please follow the instructions below to install this FREE software on to your devices:   Using the device you want to download the software on to, open up the webpage Click ‘Try Now’ Select your platform (Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS etc.) and click install You’ll be directed to the easiest and fastest way to install; follow the instructions The first time the programme runs, you’ll be asked to log in with your email address. Choose ‘Microsoft Account’ and key in your child’s school email address (using the ending Enter your child’s C2K password, and you should be good to go!   Once the software is downloaded, there will be automatic updates when the device is connected to the internet, so you should always have the latest version of Read and Write.   If you are having difficulties downloading the software, or have questions about how to use Read & Write, please go to There are also several YouTube tutorials about how to use the various features of Read & Write
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British Psychological Society (NI) A Level Prize Winners - 2016 & 2018

Subject Overview: Psychology – An Inspirational Subject that will change the way you think about things forever.

Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. Psychological research and practice touches all our lives and has direct relevance to policy in areas such as enhancing health and well-being, criminal behaviour and maximising the potential of young people. Many of the students at Breda have gone on to study Psychology at University and it is also a course which is relevant to Undergraduate courses in education, nursing, child care and marketing, etc.

Key Stage 5 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 5, students can study GCE A Level Psychology (OCR exam board), delivered by Ms McMullan. This is a linear qualification and consists of 3 exams, which go towards your A Level qualification and will be taken at the end of year 14. You will also sit two AS exams in Year 13, which do not contribute towards the A Level qualification.

The course consists of:


  • 10 Core studies from 5 Areas in Psychology
  • Research Methods


  • 20 Core Studies from 5 Areas in Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Psychology: Issues in Mental Health, Child Psychology and Criminal Psychology.

A range of resources and teaching methods are used: textbooks, group activities, peer to peer teaching, iPads, conducting practical projects, flipped learning activities, etc. Pupils are expected to contribute fully to all class activities and complete all homework activities / test preparation.

Each year, we take part in the British Psychological Society’s A Level Competition held at Queen’s University. This year the Year 14 pupils conducted their study entitled ‘Are teenagers ‘tone’ deaf? An experiment investigating teenagers’ ability to read inflections to decode a speaker’s feelings.’ and were declared the winners. They will now attend the British Psychological Society's (NI) Annual Conference at the Hilton Hotel in April and present their work to its members.

Breda Academy Psychology students also won this competition in 2016 and that team presented their research into teenagers’ risk taking behaviour at the British Psychological Society’s (NI) Annual Conference in Dundalk in March 2017.


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