Psychology

Psychology

Entry Criteria

  • Average Point Score: 4.0
  • English Language GCSE 4.0.
  • C in this subject at GCSE (if studied).

Examination Board

  • AQA

 

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs Macfarlane
  • Mrs Lomas
  • Mrs Ward

Psychology literally means study of the mind. There are many areas of research that Psychologists are involved in. For example Social, Brain and Behaviour, Emotion, Attention, Perception, Personality.

What do pupils think of Psychology?

  • “Psychology is hard but I get a lot out of it”
  • “It’s good because you get to learn about yourself”
  • “Psychology lessons are interesting as you get to do lots of different activities”

Psychology is an extremely popular subject at A level. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from artificial intelligence to social change.

Psychologists ask interesting questions regarding human behaviour. For example:

  • Why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness?
  • Why do some people fear open spaces?
  • What makes someone become a serial killer?
  • What makes us obey unjust commands?
  • Are looks, status or personality important when choosing a partner?
  • How does the brain work?

Psychologists observe and measure behaviour, and their therapies are often based on scientific study.  Psychology is constantly changing and is best understood through ‘active learning’. You will therefore have the opportunity to carry out a number of activities including; group work, displays, research, presentations, discussion and debate, written work, experiments and conferences. If you enjoy finding out about key pieces of research and have a critical and inquisitive mind, Psychology is a challenging and exciting subject for you to embark on.

In addition Psychology has links with many disciplines including Biology and Forensic Science, as well as humanities such as Sociology and Health and Social Care. It is a great basis for all future careers.

If you enjoy finding out about human behaviour and have a critical and inquisitive mind, Psychology is a great subject for you.

Psychology is certainly not a one-size-fits-all career choice. In fact, one of the greatest strengths of picking psychology is the enormous variety of career paths that are available.

There are many opportunities that Psychology can lead to including:

  • Clinical
  • Psychologist
  • Educational
  • Psychologist
  • Research
  • Counselling
  • Psychology Teaching
  • Criminal/Forensic Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Applied research
  • Sports Psychology.