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What is Psychology?                

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. It uses the methods of science to try to understand why people behave, think and feel as they do. It is a science that can be applied in everyday life and to such things as artificial intelligence and issues relating to social change. Psychology has links with many disciplines, including biological, computer and forensic science, as well as humanities such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology and even literature.

Why study Psychology?

Psychologists observe and conduct experiments to find out more about the way people act and interact. They try to understand what motivates, challenges or changes us and use this understanding to help us tackle personal and social problems.  We even carryout our own experiments in class> You will be amazed how much you will learn about human behaviour and why we do the things that we do! We try to arrange trips to help expand our learning and see psychology in the real world. 

Who will enjoy Psychology?

If you enjoy research, are curious about human behaviour, but also cautious about accepting other people’s explanations, then you will probably enjoy Psychology.  If you also enjoy reading, can express yourself well in writing and are happy expressing your opinion verbally, then you may well enjoy Psychology.

Which subjects complement Psychology?

Combines well with many subjects including Sociology, History, English, biology to name but a few.

What transferable skills will I gain?

  • written and verbal communication, including report writing and presentation
  • handling of data
  • analytical research
  • problem solving
  • the ability to work in teams.

Warning:  Don’t take Psychology if you are looking for an “easy” subject.  There is a lot of material to cover and you will need to be organised and hard-working to succeed.  If you do take it, expect to be challenged and fascinated.

Here at The Highcrest Academy we follow the AQA Psychology specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Topics covered over the two years:

Social Influence

Memory

Attachment

Approaches in Psychology

Psychopathology

Research Methods

Biopsychology

Relationships

Schizophrenia

Forensic Psychology