What makes people tick? Why do some people behave the way they do? Why do different things affect your mood and confidence? Why can you remember some things and not others?
If you've ever spent time thinking about these puzzles, psychology might be for you. Psychologists could hold the answers. And if we don’t yet, you can be sure we are looking for them. Psychology literally means the study of the mind, and is an academic and applied discipline which involves the scientific study of human or animal mental functions and behaviours.
The new A Level qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. We cover topics such as memory, social influence, attachment, psychopathology, forensic psychology and gender. Even though this is a science we believe in enjoying our subject and engage in a variety of different activities such as planting grass seeds, brain day, playdoh brains and eggs for attachments among other things.
Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. Learning about human behaviour can also help to build your communication skills and improve your teamwork and leadership skills. If you study psychology you’ll be able to hone your analytical and organisational skills and learn about scientific research methods, including collecting and working with data. Psychology builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.
Psychology is useful for any job that requires lots of interaction or an understanding of human behaviour and development. People with skills in psychology are sought after in business, management, teaching, research, social work and careers in medicine and healthcare.