“In life, particularly in public life, psychology is more powerful than logic.”

– Ludwig Quidde

"Psychology, unlike chemistry, unlike algebra, unlike literature, is an owner's manual for your own mind. It's a guide to life. What could be more important than grounding young people in the scientific information that they need to live happy, healthy, productive lives? To have good relationships?"

-Daniel Goldstein

Psychology Department Objectives

For those of you new to the subject, it is the scientific study of how people think, feel and behave.

The diversity of Psychology as a discipline means that the lessons stay fresh and it offers a multitude of skills and challenges. The course provides students with knowledge of the origins of psychology from the; behaviourist, psychodynamic, cognitive and evolutionary schools of thought that inform Psychology as it is today, as well as the issues and debates that exist within this discipline.

The examination requires application of knowledge to real life scenarios as well as explanation and evaluation of psychological theories and studies.

Key Stage 5

At GCSE we follow the AQA Sociology specification.

The course is a demanding and rigorous, inclusive and an empowering subject. Life-long skills gained by studying psychology include: Numeracy (handling data and statistics) and Literacy; Critical evaluation; Logical thinking; Organisation; Problem solving; Time management; Research; and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

The A level is broken up into 12 topics and assessed via examination.

In Year 1, students will study:

  1. Approaches in Psychology
  2. Psychopathology
  3. Memory
  4. Social Influence
  5. Attachment
  6. Research Methods

In Year 2, students will study:

  1. Issues and Debates within Psychology
  2. Schizophrenia
  3. Relationships
  4. Aggression
  5. Biopsychology
  6. Further Research Methods

Assessment is through external examinations after two years study. Students will take three exams that are made up of multiple choice, short and essay questions.

Independent Learning Tasks: Homework is an important part of the curriculum and the use of a projects and sketchbook encourages independence, imagination and good practice. Students should click the Show My Homework icon to login.