At A2 Level, students study 3 areas of Psychology in great detail which have been chosen as they are quite diverse between themselves so students develop a broad understanding of Psychology and because students find them highly fascinating year after year. The topics include Relationships, Aggression and Schizophrenia.
Scientific study is embedded into the teaching of Psychology and we aim to have our Psychology students working as skilled scientists, who not only learn theoretical concepts but also analyse, evaluate and test them too. Furthermore we emphasise the use of mathematical and literacy skills when students are carrying out their own scientific investigation and analysis as well as the academy ethos of curiosity, exploration and discovery.
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. In addition, it includes the study of conscious and unconscious phenomena, feelings and thoughts and the brain and body. All of these are studied at an individual and group level. As a result Psychology is an academic discipline of immense scope.
At AS level our focus is to expose students to the theories and methods related to the core areas of Psychology – cognitive, social, biological, developmental and abnormal. Research methods is a core theme embedded into all the topic areas mentioned above and is studied in great detail as a stand-alone topic as well. This so students have a strong understanding of the practical applications of Psychology and so they can take what they are learning beyond the classroom to real life practices.