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
  • Psychological approaches and applications: learning, cognitive, social and biological key concepts with applications to gender, aggression and business. Externally assessed exam.
  • Introduction to Psychopathology: definitions, types and treatments for mental disorders. Internally assessed report.
Year 2
  • Conducting Psychological research: principles of research, data collection and analysis. Internally assessed report.
  • Health Psychology: stress and addiction theories and treatments. Externally assessed exam.


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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. Applied Psychology involves more practical skills, where students will produce a range of written reports based on their independent research in psychological difficulties and after conducting a psychological experiment. In previous years, there have been overseas trips to explore how Psychology can be applied to everyday life, e.g. Auschwitz 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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