Department Information

Psychology

Members of the Department

Mrs Maeve Kennedy

Aims

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour.  We need psychology as it can give us a clearer picture on how we think, act, react and communicate with others.
Psychology has a big impact on all areas of life, particularly in education, health, the economy, industry and crime.


Key Stage 5 (GCE)

A-Level Psychology is a popular choice with two classes at both Year 13 and Year 14. Pupils have the opportunity in Year 13 to study memory, attachment between baby and mother, stress, mental disorders, social psychology and research methods.

In Year 14 there is an opportunity to study relationships, eating behaviour and aggression. They also learn about schizophrenia, media psychology and the scientific methodology in psychology.

Courses taught in the department are AS & A2 level Psychology, to the AQA(A) specification.

AS Psychology

In Year 13 all students will study 6 topics. These are examined in two papers in May/June.

A2 Level

The marks from the AS course do not count towards the overall A-Level. The full two-year content is examined in May/June the following year.


Career Opportunities

Studying psychology is a great basis for many careers including teaching, health care, law, and of course the many professional disciplines of psychology itself; for example, educational, clinical, occupational, health and sport psychology.

Clinical psychologist , Further education lecturer, Occupational psychologist, Sport and exercise psychologist, Careers adviser , Counsellor , Human resources officer , Psychotherapist , Retail manager