An increasingly popular subject, in Year 12 we follow the OCR A ‘Level in Psychology and in Year 13 we follow the IB Diploma. Psychology is a fascinating area of study. It will help you understand human behaviour and mental processes and allow you to better understand how we think act and feel. Most importantly students of psychology will gain a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour; making them culturally competent and globally engaged citizens.
During the study of Psychology, you will examine the different influences that create mental processes then explore how these influences show themselves in real life situations. It puts particular emphasis on being scientific, analytical, rigorous and ethical. What you learn is based on research and you will also conduct research to test your own ideas and to challenge the ideas of others.
At the Beaconsfield School we cover the core approaches to psychology.
If studying the IB Diploma we follow thematic units of study. In Year one you will look at Social Influence, Criminology; and PTSD. In year two you will look at the topics of Love & Marriage, Globalization & Behaviour, and Technology and Cognition.
In Year one of the A ‘Level course you will look at five areas: social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences. In year two you will look at the topics of: issues in mental health, child psychology and criminal psychology.
The skills and knowledge of psychology are relevant to any career involving contact with other people. Whilst they will be particularly relevant to such careers as teaching, medicine, personnel management and social work, they are also relevant to careers in business, customer relations, the police, journalism, advertising, and the law. An A ‘Level in psychology can help you into work but is also recognised as a sound preparation for university.