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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 developing an insight into the methodological strengths and weaknesses of research, and critical analysis of theories, which are useful life skills that 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.

Why should I study this subject?
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. The role of biology, society, up-bringing and culture on behaviour will be explored in this course and you will gain a greater understanding of why humans act in the way that they do. You will learn about fascinating topic areas such
as psychopathology, discover facts about famous unethical experiments, and learn about parts of the brain. The course will promote critical thinking skills, for example, questioning how much of our behaviour is due to genetic influences? In studying Research Methods you will gain an understanding about the scientific processes in psychology so that you will be able to question the next claim you come across about human behaviour in the media! Learning about psychology will improve your interactions with people and will therefore be useful for almost every career you choose to pursue.

What will I study?
• Memory
• Attachment in children
• Social Influence (conformity and obedience)
• Psychopathology (mental disorders)
• Approaches in Psychology
• Biological Psychology
• Research Methods
• Schizophrenia
• Relationships
• Aggression
• Issues and philosophical debates

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

“Psychology is a subject which offers a broad curriculum and encourages us to think in a range of different ways. The thing that I enjoy the most about psychology is that it challenges me to not just accept something for what it is. Although psychology can be a highly complex subject, it’s equally as rewarding, as you receive an awareness of the behaviours you are surrounded by on an everyday basis.”
Phoebe Clarke – Castleford Academy