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Psychology​

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and  behaviour.

We offer Psychology as a GCSE option.

Is this the right subject for me?

If you enjoy:

  • understanding why people behave the way they do
  • developing your ability to think scientifically
  • learning about the treatments and therapies used to help people
  • finding out what psychologists do

then the GCSE Psychology course is the subject for you.

 

Key Stage 4 GCSE

Exam Board and Subject Content

We use the excellent and exciting Edexcel GCSE specification.

What will I learn?

You will be looking at answers to the following five topics:

  1. How do we see our world?
  2. Is dreaming meaningful?
  3. Do TV and video games affect young people's behaviour?
  4. Why do we have phobias?
  5. Are criminals born or made?

Within these five topics you will look at:

  • how illusions work, how we see things and whether aggression and antisocial behaviour comes from our biology (for example genes and hormones) or our upbringing
  • the work of forensic, clinical and educational psychologists, as well as psychoanalysts
  • issues such as how reliable eyewitness testimony is and how someone's race or accent can affect how they are judged by a jury
  • the methods used in psychology, as well as ethics and wider issues such as nature-nurture.

Extension and Enrichment

Our enrichment activities include:

  • Practical research including visits to Maidstone town centre to carry out surveys.
  • Visits to London Zoo, Science Museum and Natural History Museum.

 

A Level

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour.

We use the Edexcel Psychology specification which aims to :

  • develop students' enthusiasm for the subject and encourage an interest in progression to higher education and vocations in psychology
  • allow students to appreciate the scientific nature of psychology and to engage in contemporary debates through an understanding of research
  • allow students to develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills and knowledge required in the study of psychology
  • develop students' essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.

More details about the sixth form course can be found here