The AQA specification is followed here at Pate's and provides students with many varying approaches and viewpoints within the discipline. Psychology is a highly scientific subject incorporating mathematical elements, with the comprehensive study of statistical tests. Psychology also requires strong extended writing skills to meet the high demands of the examination assessment.

Over the course, you will study topics such as social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology and schizophrenia to name but a few. The different approaches used within Psychology (Biological, Cognitive, Behavioural, Humanistic and Psychodynamic) will encompass the topics visited and provide a rounded understanding of the many arguments within the discipline. We also learn about, and can try for yourself, some of the research methods used by psychologists. As well as this, you will take an in-depth look at ways of testing your results for significance.

There is no coursework component. Your grade will be provided through examinations which include a small amount of multiple choice along with short answer questions and varying essay style questions. Teaching involves discussion and practical investigation wherever possible and you will be encouraged to critically evaluate the research you meet, an essential skill for higher education. The subject is popular, both in school and at university, and attracts a wide range of students studying both arts and science subjects and can lead on to a variety of careers. Many of our students continue Psychology at university, others pursue the full spectrum of careers including medicine.


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