Mrs M McConnnell (Subject Leader)
Mr A Walton
What is Psychology?
Psychology is the “scientific study of behaviour and mental processes”. The aim of the course is to familiarise you with a wide range of theories and research investigating human behaviour. The course has been developed by the department staff, in line with the specification, to be as interesting and challenging as possible. It will allow you to explore a wide range of research enabling you to gain an understanding and a critical appreciation of issues within psychology. The course provides an intelligent insight into the origins and meaning of thought and
Whilst the Psychology Handbook provides greater detail of the full syllabus, the questions below offer a glimpse into the areas of Psychology we will be investigating.
• What is abnormality?
• How do you treat psychological disorders?
• Why do people conform?
• How does your personality develop?
• Why do we become attracted to someone?
• Is the media making society more aggressive?
Examining Body: AQA
Preferred Entry Requirements: Grade B in Maths, English and Science
Summary of Assessment
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
A range of approaches will be used including formal teaching, discussion, debate, role play, individual and group work. Use will be made of the internet, videos and contemporary literature.
Careers in Psychology include forensic, sport, clinical and educational psychologist. Psychology would also be useful in careers such as teaching, nursing, advertising, human resources, police or social work – any occupation that deals with people.