Psychology

Psychology is the only A level subject that takes a much closer look at the human mind — why people think and behave the way they do. The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain, an unseen process of enzymes, chemicals and electric currents moving within the structure of our neural networks, which dictates why we feel, think and behave the way we do. But why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness? Why do some people fear snakes yet a few think they are cuddly? Psychology explores questions like these in the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from things like artificial intelligence to social change.

Psychologists observe and measure behaviour, and their therapies are based on scientific study. Psychology has links with many disciplines including Biological, Computer and Forensic science as well as humanities such as Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and even Literature. It involves the study of theory, empirical evidence and practical applications, such a mix of disciplines helps to make Psychology a fascinating subject.

Some of topics students will cover:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates
  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress
  • Aggression
  • Forensic psychology
  • Addiction

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