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We aim to provide children with a classical liberal education, regardless of background or ability.

Psychology

About the Course

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. Psychologists study and design experiments to find out what is normal human behaviour and then carry out research into abnormal behaviour. They use the information learnt to address social and personal problems.

Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills which are highly valued by universities and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The course prepares students to gain an introduction to the subject with specific attention to the core areas of Psychology such as cognitive, social, biological, developmental and individual psychology. It also explores the scientific and research methods required to develop new insights and to support or refute the various theories of the mind.

Students should be comfortable using mathematical techniques such as statistical probability, sampling, correlation, statistical significance and will work with both qualitative and quantitative data. Psychology A level also requires the ability to write clear and thoughtful essays and assignments.

Studying Psychology is an ideal preparation for university and, depending on the combination of other A level subjects chosen, for entry to a diverse range of degrees across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

 

Examination Board

AQA

Course Structure

There are eight compulsory areas that are covered in the course:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in Psychology

We will then study three options drawn from:  Relationships, Cognition and Development, Stress, Schizophrenia, Aggression and Forensic Psychology.