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Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. It allows you to gain an understanding of the unseen processes that control our thoughts and the decisions that we make. For example, how can stress affect our health? Why do people agree with others even when they know they are wrong? How are memories stored and organised?

Psychology has links with many other subjects including biology and sociology and the skills that are developed provide a secure base for further study of many other subjects at University level.

What is the course like?

Psychology is offered as a subject in the Sixth Form. We follow the AQA A specification which can be found here. The course focuses on psychological theories and research in a range of different topics including social psychology (social influence), developmental psychology (attachment) and cognitive psychology (memory). There are opportunities for individual and group work on designing and conducting research and discussion of key issues. The course helps you to:

  • Consider issues from the world around us from different perspectives
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Critically evaluate research
  • Develop effective communication skills.

Key contact

Mrs Ellegaard (Psychology co-ordinator)



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