Psychology

Our popular Psychology Department offers students an amazing opportunity to examine the causes of some human behaviour. Both mental processes like memory and perception are examined alongside relevant issues like stress, addiction, mental illness and social influence. It is the passionate aim of the department to teach students to become educated critical thinkers, who are able to evaluate the claims made all around them, about the reasons for both normal and abnormal behaviour.

By becoming aware of the influences on their own actions, students become better able to resist negative pressures and consequently are more able to make choices that lead to the development of their potential. A healthy number of our students enjoy the subject so much they go on to study it at University.


Facilities

  • Specialist teaching classrooms
  • A wide range of reading material
  • Past issues of Psychology Review

A level Psychology

Course details

You will study the following content:

  • Introductory Topics in Psychology – Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology (Paper 1)
  • Psychology in context – Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods (Paper 2)
  • Issues and Options in Psychology – Debates and issues, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology (paper 3)

Over the two years, you will:

  • Develop a strong knowledge and understanding of each topic and also realise how they link to each other.
  • Come to appreciate how important the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods are.
  • See how the sciences contribute to the success of our economy and society.
  • Come to feel able and confident in a range of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills.
Hopefully become much more interested in and enthusiastic about psychology, and consider studying it at a higher level, and maybe even working in a related career in the future.
Link to course specification

Assessment

This course is formally assessed at the end of two years with three 2-hour exams.

Enrichment opportunities

The Psychology A level is taught alongside a number of extended learning opportunities, ranging from visiting a psychiatric hospital to partaking in research with Surrey University. Through the department you will have the chance to subscribe to ‘Psychology Review’, a journal publishing the latest psychological research. Practical research projects will also give you a taste of the work Psychology students and researchers do.

Student quotes

“The teachers in Psychology really give you an insight into what higher education will be like, and if you're thinking of continuing with it to further education you will definitely have a head-start.”

 “I liked how the year was planned out with the trip to the Zimbardo conference. It was a fantastic experience for students to be face to face with a psychologist we have focussed our study on.”

Progression

Studying Psychology will appeal to a wide range of students with varied interests and future plans, including both further education and going straight into employment, and you will build on skills necessary in both. Students with a Psychology A level go on to study a range of subjects at a higher level, and psychologists can specialise in business, forensics, sports, advertising, education and counselling.

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