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PSYCHOLOGY

Do you want to push the boundaries of human-centred design and user experience? Learn how technology and human behaviour interact by taking Psychology through our Innovator pathway.

WHY PSYCHOLOGY?

Psychology is the science behind human behaviour. Study the inner workings of the mind with Psychology A Level and research complex and fascinating theories about human behaviour. Why do we need leaders? How can childhood experiences affect the decisions we make today? How does schema dictate the way we behave in certain situations?

In an increasingly digitised world, technology must be user-friendly. We must be the pioneers of future-thinking user experience which is why psychology is so fundamental. Learn core principles behind decision-making and leadership to land on your feet in your first job in industry.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

We follow the AQA specification which covers the following topics:

  • Memory; types of memory, working memory, forgetting, eye witness testimony
  • Attachments; social development, types of bond in childhood, impact on adult relationships
  • Social Influence; conformity and obedience, minority influence, social change.
  • Approaches in Psychology; Psychodynamic,, Behaviourism, Cognitive, Humanistic, Biological
  • Psychopathology; Treatments and causes of phobias, OCD and depression
  • Biopsychology; biorhythms, endocrinology, neurology.
  • Cognitive Neuroscience; modern techniques in studying the brain
  • Relationships; evolved mate preferences, cultural differences
  • Schizophrenia; biological and social causes.
  • Aggression; gender differences, environmental causes
  • Issues & Debates; ethics, nature v nurture, philosophical issues in psychology.
  • Research Methods; the scientific approach, data handling, interpretation of statistics

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To begin this course, students must have achieved at least 5 GCSE qualifications, with an average grade of a 5 or above. This must include a grade 5 or above in English Language and Mathematics.

 

PROGRESSION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Software Developer (it’s not all about code!)
  • User Experience (UX) Researcher
  • User Experience Designer
  • Data analyst
  • Project manager

 

TEACHING TEAM

Psychology

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