The Psychology department aims to empower our post-16 students with the knowledge and skills to understand why people think and behave the way they do. Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour and is applicable to any profession where you will interact with humans or animals.
Psychology A level aims to inspire students to be able to interpret complex situations with a more understanding, yet analytical eye. We aim to nurture the curiosity that everyone has to attempt to explain the inextricable choices that other people sometimes make.
As a department, we use big questions, such as how does psychology explain offending behaviour or how does someone recover from significant brain trauma like a stroke?
Lesson time is given over to explicitly developing the reflective thinking skills that are needed to think ‘like a psychologist’. We focus on developing a whole set of skills, including hypothesis testing, prediction and statistical testing.