Psychology

Psychology is defined as ‘the scientific study of human behaviour’ and gives students an opportunity to study a completely new subject.

Psychology is currently the most populated AS and A level subject in the school with great results every year. The Psychology department aims to help students develop an appreciation of how psychological concepts and theories can be applied to everyday situations and events in an attempt to understand why they happen. Psychology provides students with insights into both their own behaviour and that of the society in which they live. What’s more, many of our students opt to study Psychology at University and explore different areas of Psychology with a continued enthusiasm for the subject, the enthusiasm that they developed whilst studying for their A levels.

Through studying Psychology, students can improve many transferable skills that both universities and employers look for in a successful applicant. These skills include literacy, numeracy and statistics, interpersonal awareness, environmental awareness, problem solving, information finding, presentational confidence, critical evaluation and higher order analysis. Psychology students don’t come up with traditional common sense, assumed answers about the way people behave. They have more insight into human behaviour.

The Psychology department consists of 3 teachers, namely

  • Miss Hounslow (Acting Head of Department)
  • Miss Paszkowski
  • Mr Hamill (Assistant Head Teacher)

The department follows the Edexcel A level Syllabus

AS level

Pupils will complete two exam papers in year 12 which consists of;

  • Cognitive psychology (mental processing, perception, memory and forgetting)
  • Social psychology (relationships, groups and the influence of culture on our behaviour and obedience to authority figures)
  • Psychodynamic approach to psychology (Freud, the role of the unconscious mind on our behaviour and the meaning of dreams)
  • Learning approach to psychology (the role of the environment on our development, how we learn new behaviours from others and violence in the media)
  • Biological approach to psychology (the role of genes and hormones on our behaviour, twin and adoption studies)

A2 level

Pupils will complete two exam papers in year 13 which consists of;

  • Health psychology (biological, social and psychological factors that play a role in drug use and addiction, treatments for addiction and drug campaigns)
  • Criminal psychology (theories of criminal behaviour, treatments for offenders, the reliability and accuracy of eye witness testimony)
  • Clinical psychology (diagnosing mental illnesses, symptoms and features of mental illnesses including schizophrenia, biological and social treatments for mental illness and cultural issues)
  • Issues and debates in psychology (key debates in psychology eg the nature vs nurture debate and is psychology a science?)