Subject Intent: Why Psychology?

The psychology curriculum allows core areas in the history and development of psychology to be studied and offers different perspectives into the explanations of the human mind and behaviour. Psychology encourages skills to be developed that focus heavily on developing an insight into the methodological strengths and weaknesses of research, and critical analysis of theories, which are useful life skills which can be transferred into the work place. The knowledge gained will help students to develop into well- grounded adults, with an understanding of the causes of mental health issues, how to be responsible parents, when to conform and obey others, and what triggers aggression.

What will I study?

Year 1
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Relationships
Year 2
  • Psychopathology
  • Schizophrenia
  • Biopsychology
  • Social Influence
  • Aggression
  • Issues and Debates


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What are lessons like in this subject?

Typical lessons include a range of activities where students work independently and collaboratively with others. All lessons involve students being an active participant in their learning and retrieval practice is an essential feature of every lesson, e.g. mini white board/ online quizzes. Students are encouraged to  discuss and debate topics of discussion and there are opportunities for mini-research projects/ psychological experiments throughout the year. In previous years, there have been overseas trips to explore how Psychology can be applied to everyday life, e.g. Aushwitz in Poland and educational conferences at Warwick University and London with influential psychology speakers such as Phillip Zimbardo and Elizabeth Loftus.

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Studying psychology gives an in depth look into a vast amount of subject areas, helping to better the general understanding of people. During my study of this subject I have been able to develop my communication and thinking skills, and I would highly recommend Psychology to anyone.

Niamh Elizabeth Kelly, Castleford Academy

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