"Psychology is highly regarded for entry into numerous careers, including those relating to business, education, health and social justice. "


Psychology aims to study the theoretical approaches of psychology. Whilst doing so, students will acquire practical, analytical and evaluative skills. Such skills will be advantageous to all subject's students are likely to study.

In addition, students will be required to use both qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate theories. The specification now includes a 10% mathematical content. To apply psychological research to real life situations will be a skill student's are required to develop throughout their study of Psychology.


Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Psychology is highly regarded for entry into numerous careers, including those relating to business, education, health and social justice.

The Psychology department was set up in 2009 and has grown into a successful department, which currently has over 50 sixth form students. In the Kirkland Rowell Survey (2017), Psychology was one of the most highly regarded subjects by Students.

Key Stage 5

There are three papers to sit at the end of year two each carries 33.3% of the marks each. This will give the student an A Level in Psychology.

We follow the AQA specification, which can be found on the link below and provides more detail. http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Studying psychology at A level provides the opportunity to explore some of the main areas of psychology such as approaches, memory, attachment, social influence, psychopathology, forensic psychology, cognition and development, stress and research methods. The topics have been chosen to help provide a solid foundation for students going on to study Psychology at university.

In order to extend students’ knowledge we encourage them to carry out

practical research so that they can learn how to overcome methodological and ethical issues first hand. We promote independent learning both in class and through the use of the SMHW.


Extra Curricular

In order to help students to apply the topics covered, we are involved in many extra-curricular ventures that many of the students take the lead on. These include raising awareness of mental health though assemblies, quizzes and workshops. There is also the opportunity to attend the annual Psychology conference in London delivered by experts in the subject. Workshops will focus on students’ examination technique for the exam and have expert speakers who and current authors of AQA text books on Psychology.


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