Psychology

“One can't live mindfully without being enmeshed in psychological processes that are around us.”  Dr. Philip Zimbardo

 

 

What is Psychology About?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The study of such a complex subject matter is equally as complex and Psychologists employ many methods to do this. Psychologists conduct experimental studies to give them a clue as to how humans may behave in many different contexts. 

Branches of Psychology

Given that human behaviour is complex, it only follows that some psychologists favour theories of human behaviour over others. Studying Psychology at Woodbridge focuses on the following five areas: Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Individual Differences Psychology and Developmental Psychology.

GCSE Psychology

GCSE Psychology is a two year course that covers the following topics:

  • Sex and Gender
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Obedience
  • Atypical Behaviour
  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Perception
  • Cognitive Development
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • The Self

The course will also involve students conducting and analysing their own research. GCSE Psychology is assessed by completing three exams. There is no coursework element to GCSE Psychology.

A-Level Psychology

Psychology at Woodbridge follows the OCR Specification. During AS Psychology, students will learn three different studies from each of the five areas. Some of the topics covered answer questions such as “Is language unique to humans?”, “Is memory reliable?”, “Is tyranny a personality or situational trait?”.

Following the successful completion of AS Psychology, students will have the opportunity to specialise in Forensic Psychology and Health and Clinical Psychology.  Amongst many other questions, these units will explore whether criminal behaviour is inherited or learned, whether mental disorders are unique to some or whether we are all susceptible to mental health problems.

Students will also enjoy the opportunity to conduct their own research, visit a crown court and speak to professionals from the Criminal Justice System and the Mental Health profession.

Psychology and Other Subjects

Psychology lies at the intersection of many other different disciplines, including biology, medicine, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and artificial intelligence (AI).

 

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