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Psychology

Psychology is a fascinating subject, but by no means an easy option. It will grab your attention and imagination instantly. You may find the subject weird and puzzling to begin with however in due course you will learn to love and appreciate the subject that is Psychology!

Why do I behave like this? Why do I feel like this? Why do I think like this?

Lessons involve discussions, presentations and written work which will all be vital for the examinations at the end of the course. Psychology is concerned with the study of behaviour and mental processes that apply to different areas of human life - such as how our infant relationships have an effect on our adult relationships.

With Psychology, you will gain critical understanding, investigating skills, essay writing skills, organisation skills, research skills and independence.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

During the course students will explore various areas to do with cognitive, behavioural, developmental and biological psychology. Students will focus on topics such as memory, attachments, social behaviour and abnormality. Students will also learn more about vital issues related to the mind by exploring explanations for biological rhythms, relationships, psychological disorders (such as schizophrenia) and anomalistic psychology (paranormal psychology).

The course will also involve studying the various research methods which psychologists have used to carry out their investigations. Students will be required to use this knowledge to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the various psychological theories they have been learning about.

Finally Students will also learn how to analyse psychological data through the use of mathematical formulas.