Psychology is offered at A Level, and complements a wide range of other A Level subjects as it develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace.
Psychology is a very diverse subject, and the A Level explores many aspects of human behaviour and the different approaches to understanding it. Topics studied include:
Social influence – how do the people around us influence our behaviour?
Memory – how do we remember and forget things?
Attachment – how important are early relationships in shaping future behaviour?
Biopsychology – how do the nervous and endocrine systems influence behaviour?
Psychopathology – what is normal? How can we explain and treat phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Research methods – how do psychologists conduct research? How do they analyse their data and evaluate their findings?
Students of Psychology are expected not to take things at face value, but to delve deeply into topics and contrast many different theories and types of evidence. A fascinating and rapidly developing discipline, it is expected that Psychology will become a very popular option at Wellington School following its introduction to the A Level programme in September 2017.