Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Students examine how behaviour is studied and how psychologists test their hypotheses. As well as exploring and evaluating a range of psychological research, we also explore the different theories and debates that still shape and influence psychology today.
We believe in developing well-rounded and astute psychologists: students develop skills of analysis, evaluation and application. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to undertake practical research activities involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data as well as looking into the ethical implications of their research.
As a discipline, psychology has never been so relevant and fascinating: improving technologies allow us to gain insight into the minutest details of our thinking and cutting edge social experiments analyse our behaviours in this rapidly-changing society. If you want to understand who you are, what you do and why you do it, study psychology.
Exam board: AQA
Assessment method: 100% exam at the end of year 13.
Paper 1 – 33%
Introductory Topics in Psychology: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.
Paper 2 – 33%
Psychology in Context: Research Methods, Approaches in Psychology and Biopsychology.
Paper 3 – 33%
Issues and Options in Psychology: Issues and Debates, Schizophrenia, Gender and Aggression.
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