Psychology is the study of the human brain and behaviour. It is one of the most popular A-level subjects and a very popular degree course. It is a fascinating yet challenging academic subject that requires the student to compose a logically developed discussion, using scientific evidence to support arguments. Through the study of psychology, students will develop critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills that are valued in Higher Education (HE) and in the workplace.
We offer the AQA 7182 psychology syllabus. This is a linear A-level course, which prepares students to sit the A-level examinations at the end of two years. The syllabus covers a wide range of interesting and relevant topics including:
- social influence
- issues and debates
The A-level syllabus includes a large research methods component which is incorporated into all topics covered throughout the course. Students will have the opportunity to further their understanding of mathematical concepts through the application of statistics in psychological research.
Studying psychology equips students to succeed in the world as healthy, well-adjusted individuals. They will better understand the behaviour of others, they will learn how to identify and deal with stress, how to learn more effectively and how to recognise and understand the complexities surrounding mental illness. In addition, Queen Anne’s psychology students conduct several research projects and write a research report for each project in the correct academic format using referencing. This research prepares our students for university when they will be expected to conduct independent research.
At Queen Anne’s we believe that it is important that our pupils are afforded the opportunity to further their knowledge and broaden their understanding of psychology through engagement with those working in the field. This is why we have regular invited speakers to come and share their work and latest research findings with our pupils.
We run a regular annual field trip to an A-level student conference in London to hear from some of the leading and most prominent figures within the field of psychology. We also make the most of additional local opportunities to broaden curriculum knowledge and as such have visited the Reading Jail Art Exhibition and the Priory Clinic in Windsor.
A psychology degree develops excellent communication skills and independent research ability; it provides a solid foundation for a wide variety of career opportunities as the subject is relevant for any career involving interpersonal skills.
Career options include:
- Forensic/Criminal psychologist
- Health psychologist
- Educational psychologist
- Clinical psychologist
- Occupational psychologist
- Counselling psychologist
- Child psychologist
- Sport and Exercise psychologist
- Research and academic psychologist
During British Science Week 2018, our Sixth Form Psychology students were joined by Dr Guy Sutton for a ‘Brain Day’.
In the morning they looked at ‘The Working Brain’, which focused on basic brain anatomy, neuroplasticity and the brain and brain imaging. ‘The Shattered Mind’ looked at damaged brains, mental illness and crime, 21st Century explanations of OCD and the brain and schizophrenia.
The morning session finished with a sheep brain dissection. Here they learned about brain anatomy, brain development, the corpus callosum and split brains. There was a discussion about how much brain we can lose and the case of hemispherectomy and recovery of function.
The first talk of the afternoon session, ‘Brains for Biologists’, featured nerve cells, drugs and brain function. We then heard about comparative neuroanatomy, where the girls looked at the brain anatomy across species, accompanied by a sheep dissection. The final talk of the afternoon was based around the working, damaged and degenerating brain; here the girls heard about genes and the brain and the neurobiology and neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
THE PSYCHOLOGY CURRICULUM
“The Space”, Queen Anne’s new Sixth Form Centre, contains state-of-the art facilities to support our sixth form students learning. When studying psychology, students will be given opportunities to work collaboratively with other students and conduct their own independent research. “The Space” provides all of the support needed to enable independence and creativity to flourish as student pursue the fascinating subject of psychology.