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Psychology

Introduction

‘’The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.’’ William James (1842-1910)

Staff - Ms M. Redican Psychology teacher.

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. The subject is seen as a science because of the way psychologists study the human mind and human behaviour. Psychology has been recognised as a science and due to the amount of research involved most degree courses in psychology are awarded the BSc. (Bachelor of Sciences) status.

Our aim

 To study the science of human behaviour and experience we conduct experiments, examine theories and analyse the proposed causes of behaviour. The course is based on active learning, with much lively debate and discussion and learners are encouraged to participate in investigations and research independently.

An overview of the course

We teach the AQA syllabus, specification A. The A Level course length is two years, at the end of which there are three written examinations, each is worth 33.3% of the A Level. Examinations take place in May or June.

Course requirement

There is a minimum requirement of a B grade GCSE in English. Science and mathematics are also required. Students must commit to 100% attendance to lessons and adhere to homework deadlines and independent study.

What skills will you learn?

This course will help you develop a number of skills:

How to view the world around you from different perspectives

How to plan and conduct scientific investigation

How to analyse and interpret data

Critical reasoning skills

How to put across your point of view fluently

How can parents help

All homework will be available on the Bromcom system and written into their planners, so frequent reviews by parents would be helpful. Discussion with your daughter about the Psychology topics will prove very useful as a revision aid and could prove to be interesting to yourselves.

Some of the careers that need the skills and knowledge gained through the study of Psychology

Police, Forensic Scientist / Psychologist (criminology), Nurses, Doctors, Teachers, Armed Forces, Advertising, Business industry, Childcare, Sports Coach etc.