The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain. An unseen process of chemicals and electric current moving within the structure of our neural networks dictates why we feel, think and behave the way we do.
Psychology is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from things like artificial intelligence to social change.
A Level Psychology
We follow the AQA A syllabus which is rich in fascinating topic areas. From theories of how memory works, to why people obey or conform to social expectations and why some people suffer from mental illness, our students learn to criticise and evaluate research findings using a rigorous scientific method.
What skills will I learn?
This course will help you develop a number of skills:
- How to view the world around you from different perspectives
- How to plan and conduct scientific investigations
- How to analyse, interpret and critically evaluate data
- Critical reasoning skills
Teaching focuses on practical work where students get the opportunity to replicate studies, apply knowledge and conduct their own research using many different methods. We use an array of fascinating visuals such as brain scans from neuroscience to archival footage from social psychology reserach. Learning is developed by debate and discussion of the many fascinating topics within psychology.
Beyond the classroom
We have monthly subscriptions to The Psychologist and Psychology Today, in addition to a vast array of original journal articles that are relevant to the topics studied. This encourages students to challenge themselves, while at the same time developing the independent learning and research skills needed to be successful learners at higher levels.
We provide a stimulating environment in which students can study a wide breadth of psychological theories and phenomena. There are extensive opportunities for students to conduct their own psychological research, together with trips to conferences featuring world-renowned psychologists and neuroscientists
Psychology can be useful for a range of careers, including social work, advertising, teaching, counselling, and human resources. A psychology graduate can also access careers in sports psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, occupational psychology, health psychology and much more.