“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so” Shakespeare
Key Stage 5
By studying Psychology, students develop an awareness of themselves and others and how people function in widely varying groups, organisations and societies. They learn to appreciate the significance of different beliefs, attitudes and values and the impact that these have on social and developmental processes. It is a universal subject, as there is no corner where an insight into human behaviour would not be beneficial.
The course will appeal to a variety of students, building on skills developed in both the sciences and humanities. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. They are encouraged to gain an understanding of the main perspectives in Psychology and of various theories and models of everyday phenomenon.
During Year 1 students cover topics such as memory, conformity, attachment and psychopathology and during Year 2 there are a wide number of options to select from, including relationships, gender, aggression and schizophrenia.
Some students who have undertaken an A-level in Psychology have gone on to study the subject at higher education and eventually entered a professional career as a psychologist.
(Please note that this subject will only be on offer to Year 13 in 2017-18. It will not be offered in 2018-19).
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Curriculum activities and trips
There are a number of opportunities for students to enrich their learning beyond the classroom. There are various outside lectures and conferences they can attend, as well as a diverse range of visiting professional psychologists providing interesting talks in school.
It is potentially the most valuable course that I take…it enables you to perceive the world in a different way