Examination Board: AQA
What topics are covered?
- Social influence
- Approaches in Psychology
- Research Methods
- Issues & Debates in Psychology
- Cognition & Development
- Eating behaviour
- Forensic Psychology
Why do Psychology at SGS?
Think! Who are you? What makes you and others tick? Who are you going to be? Psychology is the subject that can teach you how to investigate these questions and open your mind to a whole spectrum of ideas. Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. At SGS small class sizes mean plenty of discussion time, reflection and tailored feedback.
What skills will I gain doing Psychology?
Studying psychology is very useful in helping you understand people.
Psychology can explain how you learn and how to improve your memory. This will make you a much more effective student. You will also get a thorough grounding in scientific analysis and evaluation and learn about different ‘levels of explanation’. What career paths would this be a suitable subject for? Psychology is an invaluable subject for anyone wishing to go into teaching, management or business in general, and is the best preparation for anyone wishing to work with people. More specifically you need the subject for the applied areas of clinical psychology, any of the therapies (e.g. psychoanalysis, CCT, CBT, counselling etc), forensic psychology, law, human resources, educational psychology, evolutionary psychology etc.
What trips are available?
The annual Psychology conference in London is the ultimate experience! Inspiring speakers, hypnotised ‘flying’ students – it will amaze you! Since 2014 we have had overnight trips with the second day including a hands-on topic-based visit to either the Tavistock Clinic or Maudsley Hospital, where students have the chance to ask practitioners detailed questions about treatments of common and not so common mental health disorders. There will be a guided tour of the ‘Jack the Ripper trail’ and the trip is then rounded off with a visit to the famous Freud Museum where students can see Freud’s practice – including the famous couch.
Psychology is a demanding subject that requires students to be able to draw on a wide range of abilities, so places in sixth form and particularly at undergraduate level at university are limited. You need a reasonably good memory and must be prepared to work hard. It is advantageous to have a good grade at GCSE English Language and Mathematics and an understanding of biology would also prove useful. A willingness to evaluate theories and analyse data is essential, but most important is the desire to understand the behaviour and basic mechanics of the human mind and its evolution.