Subject Intent: Why Psychology?

The Psychology curriculum allows core areas in the history and development of psychology to be studied, and offers different perspectives into the explanations of the human mind and behaviour. Psychology encourages skills to be developed that focus heavily on developing an insight into the methodological strengths and weaknesses of research, and critical analysis of theories, which are useful life skills which can be transferred into the work place. The knowledge gained will help students to develop into well-grounded adults, with an understanding of the causes of mental health issues, how to be responsible parents, when to conform and obey others, and what triggers aggression.

What will I study?

Year 1 Psychological approaches and applications: learning, cognitive, social and biological key concepts with applications to gender, aggression and business. Externally assessed exam. Introduction to Psychopathology: definitions, types and treatments for mental disorders. Internally assessed coursework reports. Year 2 Conducting Psychological research: principles of research, data collection and analysis. Internally assessed coursework reports. Health Psychology: stress and addiction theories and treatments. Externally assessed exam. Please note - Psychology is regarded as a scientific subject and therefore the psychology course has some focus on research methods throughout all of the topic areas covered.


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What are lessons like in this subject?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Applied Psychology involves more practical skills, where students will produce a range of written reports based on their independent research in mental disorders and conducting experiments. Applied Psychology is particularly suitable for students who are reasonably confident with learning content for exams but like to also support their learning with coursework research type tasks. Typical lessons include a range of activities where students work independently and collaboratively with others. All lessons involve students being active participants in their learning, and retrieval practice is used as an essential feature of every lesson with mini white board tasks and quizzes for example. In previous years, there have been overseas trips to Auschwitz in Poland to explore how Psychology can be applied to obedience in everyday life, and educational conferences at Warwick University and London with influential psychology speakers such as Phillip Zimbardo and Elizabeth Loftus.

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This course is extremely beneficial and educational. The course is educationally stimulating and applies to many real life activities.

Ellie Turner , Dixons McMillan Academy

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