Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and is therefore directly relevant to your life. It is a fascinating subject as it seeks to understand why people behave as they do, and the complex workings of the human mind. For example: Why do people forget? Why do some people suffer from mental disorders such as depression or schizophrenia? Different methods of studying the brain
As part of the course students design their own psychological research and develop skills to evaluate different perspectives.
Students will not be expected to have studied Psychology at GCSE, but must satisfy the general entry requirements for A level.
Overall, at least 10% of the marks in assessments for Psychology will require the use of mathematical skills. Therefore students should be working at a level of at least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics
View our Survival Guide to Psychology created by our sixth form students below
As psychologists we appreciate that people learn in different ways. Therefore a wide variety of teaching methods are used. External speakers such as the Police and Clinical Psychologists may contribute on occasion to emphasise real life applications in psychology.
Links With Other Subjects
Psychology is a subject which combines well with most A level courses. It is classified as a science subject for UCAS entry, but works well alongside any humanities options.
Course Details AQA Specification from September 2015
We attend various Psychology conferences and in the past have visited Twycross Zoo and Nottingham Crown Court.
All pupils are closely monitored in terms of attendance, progress, potential and effort and have regular opportunities to discuss their work.
Careers and Higher Education
Psychology provides a useful foundation for any career dealing with people. However, it is also useful in preparation for studying courses in Social work, Teaching, Medicine and Law.