Through the study of Psychology, pupils are offered a scientific and rigorous education in how we develop, learn and behave. Pupils will gain an understanding of some of the basic principles and explanations for common psychological illnesses and disorders.
In addition, an appreciation of ‘how science works’, in conjunction with the application of the empirical method, will be central to all lessons and schemes of learning; thus enhancing the pupils’ use of numeracy, their ability to think critically, and their understanding of themselves and others as ‘global citizens’.
We believe that learning should be placed within a dynamic framework of discussion and debate and should involve a high level of independent learning from the pupils. Furthermore, we believe that, by sharing our enthusiasm for the subject and modelling the importance of reading and life-long learning, we will inspire pupils to undertake their own research. This will, in turn, foster an environment for pupils to develop self-mastery and engagement in self-regulated learning.
The course will be delivered in a linear fashion and students will be required to take three, two hour exams at the end of the second year of the course. The modules covered will include: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods. Additionally, pupils will be given the opportunity to utilise the foundational skills and knowledge they develop in the first year, to applied modules in Forensic Psychology and the Psychology of Stress in the second year.