Psychology

Staff Quote

Department Manager

Paul Taylor


Teachers


Crystal Bannister
Rebecca Birdsall

"Psychology can be defined as ‘the science of mental life, both it’s phenomena and of their conditions… The phenomena are such things as we call feelings, desires, cognition, decisions and the like’
(James 1890). "


Why study psychology

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. Originating from philosophy, psychology developed as an independent discipline around the 1880s and has become rooted in popular culture, as well as earning respect within the scientific sphere. Psychology urges us to look below a superficial understanding of the mind and behaviour, to dispel common assumptions regarding ‘human nature’. Psychological theory and research attempts to explain how the human mind, and behaviour, are impacted by both our biology and the environment that surrounds us. For example, consider whether mental illnesses are the product of our biological makeup or whether they have manifested through some environmental trigger; the answer may be rather more complex than you first imagine. Furthermore, psychology attempts to explain those things that most of us take for granted. For example, have you ever considered how the memory works or what life would be like if you didn’t have one? Taking up the study of psychology will urge you to ask these questions, as well as many others, and you will learn to do this in a critical way; turning to evidence to provide you with answers, rather than relying on ‘common knowledge’.

Many psychology students go on to complete a degree in psychology and there are many career options open to students with a psychology qualification at either advanced or degree level. These include market research, teaching, social work, nursing, advertising, sales and personnel management. There are also formal professional career psychologists in the areas of clinical, educational, occupational, sport, counselling and forensic psychology. Students also have the capacity to enter the related areas of Law and Criminology.

Aims/objectives

In psychology we aim to:

  • Encourage young people to develop a critical understanding of the mind and behaviour, as well topical debates within psychology.
  • Develop skills such as independent research, presentation of information, applying evidence to answer questions, and the ability to critically evaluate different explanations that explain the workings of the mind and behaviour.
  • Enable all students to achieve at and above their target grades in psychology.
  • Prepare students for success in exams through high quality teaching and a programme of supported self-study, revision and exam practice.
  • Prepare students for further study in psychology at degree level and equip students with the skills required to enter the work force.