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Psychology

Why study Psychology?

Psychology is playing an increasing role in many aspects of life & work. Careers involving Psychology are varied & include: advertising, personnel management, teaching / training, clinical psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, criminology, counselling, to name but a few. Or, if you are simply interested in understanding aspects of human behaviour, then this subject may be of interest to you.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It is made up of many different topics. Perhaps a more helpful way of revealing the nature of psychology is to list some of the questions Psychologists have tried to answer:

  • Why do we forget?
  • Why do people become prejudiced against others?
  • What makes people aggressive?
  • How does the brain make sense of information from the eye?
  • What are the developmental milestones of childhood?

How will I be assessed?

  • 2 exams at the end of year 11.
  • Unit 1 1 ½ hrs
  • Unit 2 1 ½ hrs
  • There is no coursework with this course.

What happens in Lessons?

You will be presented with experiments & theories on each topic area. You will receive a mixture of work booklets & task sheets, as well as discussion opportunities. There will be video material to observe. Homework’s will include practise exam questions.

Contact Mrs Ward in SS7 to find out more.

What skills will I need?

Good writing skills are essential. This subject is also scientific therefore you must enjoy science subjects in order to do well in Psychology.

A genuine interest in this subject is important otherwise you may find it difficult. Psychology is not an easy option! Please talk to current Y10 & Y11 pupils before taking this option.

What will I study?

In Y10 In Y11
Memory Learning
Non-verbal Communication Social Influence
Personality Sex & Gender
Stereotyping Aggression
Prejudice & Discrimination

You will study Research Methods, Data Analysis and Ethics in both year 10 and 11.