Psychology is the study of the how people behave and how their minds work. This subject is extremely wide-ranging and students gain an overview of the five main approaches to psychology: social, cognitive, psychodynamic, biological and learning. These form a basis from which to consider topics such as the causes of and treatments for drug addiction and other mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Psychological theory is applied to the real world in terms of considering how individuals develop from before birth to adolescence and beyond, and we examine the extent to which childhood experiences affect our later development.
The five approaches introduce contemporary issues such as the role of nature and nurture in determining the cause of individuals' behaviour. We discuss how both biological and environmental factors affect the development of psychological characteristics. The use of case studies and practical work allows us to investigate the ways in which human beings are both fascinating and complex. We use psychological theory in a formal, objective attempt to understand and explain behaviour. The course is therefore of interest to those wishing to learn more about themselves, as well as in any future career which will involve working with others.
You can view the details of our A Level course in the Sixth Form Academic Programme 2018-2020.