Psychology

Psychology is offered as a two year course of study in Sixth Form.

"The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best."  Paul Valéry, Tel Quel, 1943

A study of psychology will develop a student's basic understanding of the breadth of different approaches in Psychology. They will gain insight into the workings of the human mind, for example how memory works, and an understanding of the principles and perspectives governing the subject. Psychology allows you to better understand the mental processes which affect the way we think, feel and behave. They will develop the ability to identify ethical issues, apply Psychology to cultural, social and contemporary issues and use a range of research methods to investigate psychological issues.

The most important quality for anyone wanting to study psychology is to find people fascinating.  Studying Psychology leads to students never looking at people in the same way again.

Psychology helps students to develop a number of transferable skills:

  • being willing to have opinions and values challenged
  • listening to and taking on board new ideas and novel arguments
  • being able to see both sides of an issue and not reject one side without due consideration
  • critiquing the method of research
  • conducting statistical tests and analysing data

Psychology provides many opportunities to develop skills in assessing debates and arguments.

Psychology is a very useful subject for any career where people interact. Occupations such as business, education, journalism, nursing and marketing all welcome trainees who have studied Psychology.

Psychology can be an invaluable subject in Higher Education, because it sits on the boundary between Arts and Science subjects, it combines elements of both. Within the Arts route, psychology shows a competence in scientific thinking and numeracy that will add breadth to acquired skills.