Psychology is an intriguing and challenging subject that delves into the complex relationship that exists between mental processes and behaviour. It covers a broad range of topics; such as Memory, Attachment and Social Influence - aspects that impact everyday life. Psychology is also fun and fascinating! Topics covered range from intriguing optical illusions that reveal the inner workings of the brain, to shocking experiments that expose how far people will go to obey an authority figure
Psychology broadens a student’s ability to view the world around them from different perspectives. Students also learn to plan and conduct scientific investigations on a number of different topics. From these investigations, whether their own or an existing study, they will be expected to analyse and interpret data. Studying Psychology enables students to hone critical reasoning skills – evaluating, justifying, and discussing are vital components at AS and A2. From this, they will also develop understanding of how to put across their point of view fluently in structured essays.
Psychology can help a student’s career either directly or indirectly. If the intention is to become a psychologist, therapist or mental health worker, this A Level is of direct value. However, students who desire a career in any of the caring services, in marketing or business, will find an understanding of Psychology useful.
The department often hosts key speakers in the various psychological fields. In the future, there is the prospect of a trip to London for the chance to meet existing researchers and established psychologists who present lectures at a conference. This is an AQA initiative that should prove useful for revision. The day also features special guests such as a trained hypnotist.
Psychology has links with a variety of other subjects such as Biology, Sociology, Philosophy, and Literature.
In order to study Psychology, it is a requirement to have passes in English Language, Mathematics and Science (particularly Biology) GCSE at a minimum grade B or above.