Psychology is taught in KS5 at AS and A2 Level. The subject offers students the chance to consider the origins and causes of human behaviour from a number of perspectives. It offers insight into the development of the personality and equips students with the ability to consider the underlying factors that drive our actions.
This is a two year course and the students take exams in the first and second year. The first year gives students an introduction to the different approaches in psychology and enables students to develop the analytical skills which are so important in higher education. Early emotional development is explored from the perspective of attachment theory and there is a focus on the workings of the memory as well as some top tips for improving your memory. Psychopathology is explored and there is a focus on the origins of behaviour such as phobias and schizophrenia. Students also get the chance to carry out data collection and analysis in a number of mini- projects we complete in the first year.
In the A2 year students get to grips with some of the most interesting areas of human behaviour. Sleep is studied in detail and students get to consider whether sleep itself is really necessary. Human aggression is a particular area of interest and a comparison between human and animal aggression allows students to discover some of the possible causes of aggressive behaviour. We also focus on eating behaviour and look at the biological mechanisms that drive this behaviour. Psychopathology is given a more detailed consideration and a focus on the causes, symptoms and treatment of schizophrenia is studied. We also look at addictive behaviour in detail and look at some interesting suggestions for addiction.
Psychology trips can involve trips to London to the Freud Museum and the Natural History Museum. Also a trip to Monkey World in Dorset can offer students an insight into the social behaviour of primates.