Teachers of Psychology
- Mrs H Fedorniak (Curriculum Leader)
- Mrs K Green
- Miss L Skeldon
- Miss I Turner
Reasons to Study Psychology
Psychology is a great subject to take if you are interested in understanding why people do what they do. Often referred to as the ‘Science of Mind and Behaviour’, you will weigh up the role of biological, psychological, and environmental factors in areas including human development, mental health and offending. Psychology complements many subjects and, having developed a range of highly transferable skills (eg essay and scientific report writing, evaluation, research methods and statistical analysis), you will have an excellent range of further study and career options open to you.
Our Vision for Psychology
Students study psychology to become well informed and empathetic individuals who accept peoples behavioural and biological similarities and differences.
They will understand how psychological knowledge and research can be used to benefit an ever-changing society.
There are many routes for those who have a psychology qualification. The majority of students use their A-Level to gain access to degree courses in psychology and other subjects. Some students decide to leave education after A-Levels and psychology can be useful in many jobs including anything with customer service, the caring professions, management etc. For those students who decide to pursue a career in psychology, further study must be done after A-Levels. Some examples of careers in psychology are criminology, occupational psychology, sport psychology, clinical psychology or counselling psychology.
Outline of Course
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Structure: 3x 2hour papers sat at the end of year 13.
Link to specification: AS AND A-Level Psychology
Students cover the following content over the two years. In Year 12 the focus is paper 1, and parts of paper 2. The remainder of paper 2 content and paper 3 content is completed in year 13.
Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology
- Social Influence
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
- Research Methods
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
- Issues and Debates
- Cognition and Development
- Forensic Psychology