Psychology offers the opportunity to study the reasons why people behave the way they do. It explains everything from judgement and perception, to complex psychological disorders, including depression and schizophrenia.

Psychology is interested in behaviour causes and the effect that cause has on an individual’s behaviour. This is done using the scientific study of human and non-human behaviour. Psychologists use experimental methods, observation and statistical analysis to research and test their theories. This will formulate a large part of the course.

Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form

You will study and explore a wide range of areas including the following:

  • Biological psychology
  • Attachment
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychopathology

It is important to recognise that this is a science, so you need to understand scientific concepts and be able to produce written discussion in a scientific way. The course also includes an element of maths. You will study research methods and statistics. Additionally you will conduct your own research. Overall, you need strong English skills to write up to 16 mark essays.

Psychology is 100% examination based. At the end of the two-year course all students will sit 3 x two-hour examinations.

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE Maths, and a grade B/6 in GCSE English.

Psychology is a very interesting subject which allows you to expand your knowledge and skills greatly.

Psychology is complex by its very nature. It is an exciting subject that will teach you to think in a more objective and scientific way.

Studying psychology can lead to a range of higher education and specialist career opportunities. These include forensic and clinical psychology. It can also lead to careers in teaching, marketing or medicine.

  • You have an opportunity to develop your understanding in a whole new area and develop excellent understanding of human behaviour.
  • You research interesting phenomena that will not only develop essential skills for university, but gives you first-hand experience of human diversity and their thinking.
  • Psychology can help you in your future career. Employers look for the skills that Psychology teaches. This includes critical thinking and objectivity.