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Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. If you are interested in understanding the complexity of human nature, then Psychology will give you an insight into how and why people behave in certain ways.

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have achieved at least a Grade 5 Maths, (and ideally a Grade 5 in Psychology, if taken), or a similar essay-based subject at GCSE.


Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Learning Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

During these topics you will develop an understanding of research skills and be required to conduct your own practical studies. As such it is useful for students to have sound numerical and scientific skills.

The issues and debates topic highlights these skills and requires you to critically discuss the scientific challenges when studying psychology, including ethics, individual differences and social control.

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

Psychology in the Real world enrichment looks at how psychology has been and is used in a real world setting.

Positive Mental Health enrichment teaches students skills to be able to cope with a variety of stressors. The course includes yoga, art therapy, mindfulness.

Trip to University of Sunderland to experience a day in the life of a Psychology student.


Three papers – all 2 hours

Paper 1: Foundations in Psychology

Paper 2: Applications in Psychology

Paper 3: Psychological Skills

What do our students say?

Law was an interesting subject because it is so in depth it allows you to get really involved and get your teeth into the subject. I really enjoyed learning how the legal system worked and how it has developed through the years...
Neve Caithness , Law
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (book)


The man who mistook his wife for a hat- Oliver Sacks


Arguing and thinking- Michael Billig


Something happened- Joseph Heller


The selfish gene- Richard Dawkins


The interpretation of dreams- Freud

For any career involving interactions with others, psychology will be a useful underlying skill. This includes careers such as police, nursing, human resources, advertising, law, politics, teaching, research and many more.

Careers directly related to psychology are broad and include working in traditional roles as clinical, educational, forensic or occupational psychologists as well as the more progressive areas such as health and sports psychology.

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