Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. Anything we do, think or experience can be studied by Psychologists. The subject is taught through group work, research, discussions, film and presentations. As you study Psychology you will begin to understand the factors that affect your behaviour. You will learn about yourself and why you do the things you do. It can teach you about the ways people interact in social situations and give you a better understanding of your own feelings and attitudes. You will also learn techniques that may help you study more effectively.
Studying psychology will not only teach students content and subject knowledge but equip them with various transferable skills desirable in a range of careers. Skills taught and enhanced include
- To gain a deep understanding of the scientific process.
- Be able to apply scientific process to issues and scenarios and evaluate the process.
- The ability to absorb and remember large quantities of information (such as different psychology studies) which can be applied to psychological issues.
- To analyse and evaluate studies and methodology.
- Make, develop and sustain a well supported argument, leading to a consistent conclusion.
TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT:
Psychology is taught by specialist teachers who deliver varied, stimulating and challenging lessons for their students. There are regular assessment opportunities for students, which will assist them to make sustained improvements and progress.
Psychology is taught at ‘AS’ and ‘A’ level only. It is a very popular Sixth Form option. Course entry requires a grade 5 in a literacy type subject such as English or History and a grade 5 in Maths and Biology.
This is essential and it is strongly encouraged. A core textbook is provided.
Students can purchase/borrow additional texts and use various websites such as:
Online Journals: Psychology Review (available online at MCA6)
*In addition to your own wider reading, a Psychology Film Club is run throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to broaden your understanding
Sixth Form: Years 12 and 13 (2015 specification onwards)
At AS/A Level we study the AQA (7181/7182) Specification for Psychology.
- Paper 1: Introductory Topics – Social Influence; Memory; Attachment
- Paper 2: Psychology in Context – Approaches; Biopsychology; Psychopathology; Research Methods
- Paper 1: Introductory Topics – Social Influence; Memory; Attachment; Psychopathology
- Paper 2: Psychology in Context – Approaches; Biopsychology; Research Methods
- Paper 3: Issue in Psychology -Gender; Schizophrenia; Forensics
- AS Level (Paper 1 and 2 at the end of Year 12) Not applicable for all students
- A level (Paper 1, 2 and 3 at the end of Year 13)
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES SUPPORTED BY PSYCHOLOGY:
Psychology graduates develop the transferable skills that all employers require, such as communication, numeracy, independent learning and the ability to work in teams.
Psychology graduates go on to become chartered psychologists, specialising in clinical, educational, occupational forensic, health or sports psychology. As well as many other roles such as accountancy, human resources, careers advice, counselling, psychotherapy, advertising, marketing and retail management.
For more information, contact Mr Smith: Andy.Smith@mca.attrust.org.uk