Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. The department’s mission is to inspire and motivate students to investigate aspects of human functioning.
We follow the AQA A-Level Psychology Specification.
This two-year A level course is examined across three papers at the end of the second year. An outline of the course content can be seen below:
Paper 1 – Introductory topics in psychology
Paper 2 – Psychology in context
Paper 3 – Issues and options in psychology
Students are required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures; be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to new contexts and analyse, interpret and evaluate this information. This is achieved through a variety of questioning styles, including multiple-choice and extended writing. Each examination is two hours in length.
The department runs a Psychology Society which meets once a month and encourages students to research and discuss areas of Psychology outside of the curriculum.
Looking to the future
Psychology is useful for a variety of careers. The link below shows how a number of fields of work link to the specification content.