Psychology Department Intent
To encourage individuals to enquire about the human mind scientifically and to consider how it dictates and influences our behaviour, mental processes, emotions and well-being.
Key stage 5
Psychology is the scientific study of how our brain functions and why we behave the way we do. It is as scientific as Biology but without the gory bits!
Psychologists formulate theories, test hypotheses and analyse the findings with statistical techniques that help them identify important findings about human behaviour. Psychology contributes to many different disciplines and is valuable in many different careers.
What do students study?
On this course there will be opportunities to conduct some fun experiments as well as trips linked to specific areas of the course.
By the end of your course, you should have developed a critical approach to scientific methods, evidence and theories, and a knowledge and understanding of how psychology works and its role in society. You will also develop skills including: oral, visual and written communication problem solving.
How are students assessed?
The A Level qualification is linear and will be assessed over two years. The assessment is made up of written examinations, which include multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.
Resources that the psychology department use are primarily the textbooks AQA A Level Psychology by Illuminate publishing and also model materials from https://www.loopa.co.uk.