Psychology is the scientific study of cognition and behaviour. Psychologists study both humans and animals to find out how the mind works and why we act as we do. The subject is increasingly popular with students at Talbot Heath, many of whom go on to study it at university.
Psychology is a wide-ranging subject that covers a real diversity of topic areas that can apply to everyday life. Students may learn some useful revision techniques when they study theories of memory and explanations of forgetting. They will learn about the functions of different areas of the brain and about current advances in neuroscience. They can gain insight into a range of psychological conditions, such as arachnophobia, OCD or schizophrenia, and they will learn about the drugs and therapeutic programmes used to alleviate the symptoms of these conditions. They will study offender profiling and learn about explanations for criminal behaviour as part of forensic psychology.
An A level in Psychology will complement other subjects by providing students with opportunities for essay-writing, critical analysis and debating. Students will also learn about the principles of scientific research as they design and conduct their own experiments, and collect and analyse data from questionnaires or observations. Because Psychology involves extended writing, statistical analysis and an understanding of the nervous system, it is suited to students who are confident in English, Maths and Biology.
Psychology A level can provide the basis for many degree courses, including Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Sports Science, and Criminology. Careers available to Psychology graduates include Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Counselling, and Human Resources.