Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Our curriculum is structured to enable students to better understand the world around them and develop a curiosity about the human mind, brain, and behaviour.
Students will develop a knowledge of different areas of psychology and how they relate to one another and deep knowledge and understanding of the scientific methodology and its rigour. They will develop competence in problem-solving, mathematical, and practical activities, including research. Students learn how to analyse and interpret data and use statistical tests.
Students will learn to think critically, evaluate evidence, and communicate their knowledge through essays and reports. Students develop essay writing skills, particularly the ability to summarise and write in timed conditions and apply their psychological knowledge to real-life examples. Students learn revision and retrieval techniques to help them remember the knowledge within the A level.
Students learn about all the principal psychological perspectives, from Freud to Skinner. They learn to analyse, compare, and debate the relative contributions of differing views. Students learn about the brain's structure, fight and flight and other stress responses, the importance of attachment for emotional and behavioural development, and the potential causes of many mental health problems – from depression to schizophrenia.