Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. It is predominantly concerned why people behave, think and feel the way they do but more importantly Psychology A level will give you a better understanding of the personal and social development of yourself and others around you. Research psychologists explore questions such as, why are people easily influenced by others? What determines behaviour genetics or upbringing?
There are no right or wrong answers in Psychology and often research is contradictory which makes this thought-provoking. A level Psychology is also a gateway to a diverse profession which may involve developing positive solutions and outcomes to real human issues across a wide range of fields including, mental and physical health and the criminal justice system.
Psychology at Key Stage 5
Through the KS3 curriculum of Personal Political and Philosophical studies draws on our early understanding of mental health and wellbeing. Focus is placed much on healthy relationships and effective communication as well as understanding our social world. This is then developed in KS4 where young people are encouraged to become independent learners and critical thinkers through core subjects. This can be seen in English Literature where skills such as extensive writing and evaluative skills are developed. This is continued to KS5 Psychology through the academic rigour required from the specification.
Students will be able to apply psychological knowledge and understanding of specific content in a range of contexts in society. They will need to interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods in relation to the specific content. This will include, evaluation of therapies and treatments including their appropriateness and effectiveness. Sciences develops the vocabulary used at a higher level in Psychology but also provides a scientific account of wellbeing for example, nutrition, digestion and excretion. The curriculum also demonstrates the core foundations of biology for example, the biological structures and systems. This is then taken into A level Psychology by combining and building on the scientific knowledge in relation to study of the human mind and behaviour. Mathematical content is embarked on throughout lower school which is then brought back to light when students are required to apply core mathematical knowledge to the credible interpretation of psychological data are key assessment skills in this broad-based subject.
Students will be the given the opportunity to attend the museum of the mind – Bethlem gallery. This is an institution where students will gain an insight into the history of medication and institutionalisation. Clinical psychologists and family therapists are invited to visit our school to deliver a talk in this field of work. Enrichment activities for Psychology include a series of free public talks organised by various universities. Plug in Your Brain talks are open to all and hosted by the Department of Psychology, University of Westminster. Students are required to carry out their own research in a relevant area of personal interest. This enables to become active research psychologists but independent learners. Other enrichment activities include revision conferences led by senior and chief examiners held at the University of London.
Outings to the Freud Museum and the Welcome Collection are also utilised alongside, visiting to the local cinema to see films with a psychological storyline. Students are also required to carry out their own research in a relevant area of personal interest. This enables them to become active research psychologists and independent learners.
Career and future pathways
Chartered (doctoral) psychologists work in the following areas of Psychology: Clinical, Counselling, Educational, Forensic, Health, Neuropsychology, Occupational, Research, Sport and Exercise. Associated profession includes: Law, Medicine (Psychiatry), Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Police, Psychotherapy, Social Work and Teaching.