Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The AQA specifications will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. It builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects. The curriculum is inclusive - we look at cultural differences and bias across all topic areas, consider the role of the family and early development.
Students are able to apply their understanding to themselves and the world around them. This makes the subject very engaging. We allow small pieces of research to be conducted at the end of year, enhancing practical skill learnt in psychology and other science and humanities subjects. The consideration of mental health disorders, stress, and other areas of current interest including gender and anti-social behaviour make the subject very relevant as it exposes them to other’s worlds and their experiences, building tolerance and respect along with a broad skill set needed for life and higher education.