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.
Clubs and Clinics
The psychology department offer a series of clinic sessions outside of lesson time so that students have access to support when it is most needed.
Psychology students also have the opportunity to join our ‘Psychology Journal and Film Club’ where they can come together to discuss a relevant issue/debate or recent publication within the field of psychology or watch a relevant film relating to one of the topics studied. Students are encouraged to prepare ahead of the meeting and to come ready to share their own opinions and views on the chosen topic. The topics vary and the students themselves are encouraged to take turns in leading the sessions and setting the appropriate readings and topic for discussion. The topics are wide ranging and each session promises a lively debate!
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.
POTENTIAL DEGREE COURSE & CAREER CHOICE
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