A keen interest in understanding human behaviour and what makes us individuals would indicate this subject could be for you. Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour, applied to both humans and animals. As Psychology considers the many varied factors that affect mind and behaviour it is a biological science, a cognitive science and a social science. Psychologists are interested in how we make decisions, why we like some people and not others, what makes us succeed and fail.

The scientific and statistical element of the subject means it complements the study of Mathematics and the natural sciences, whereas the requirement to write essays and adopt an analytical and evaluative approach appeals to humanities students.

This subject develops a range of skills suitable for further academic study in almost any subject and is highly regarded by universities. Psychology can lead onto careers in Research, Teaching, Education, Social Work, Forensics and Criminology, in clinical and counselling areas, hospitals, marketing, design and manufacturing and many other fields.

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology 
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in psychology

Students will also study the following option topics:

  • Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic psychology

In addition to the Sixth Form entry criteria, students wishing to study this subject are required to have a Grade 6 in Biology and Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent).

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