Welcome to the Psychology Department.

Our aim is to teach students to explain human behaviour.

We encourage students to be independent learners and challenge young enquiring minds to investigate human behaviour by offering them the opportunity to safely conduct research studies.

The Psychology Department

  • Mrs N Godden
  • Ms N Reiffer
  • Ms C Essery
Key Stage 4

GCSE Psychology

Why study GCSE Psychology?
What makes people behave the way they do? How do people function physically and mentally? If you are interested in finding out the answers to questions like these, then choose to study Psychology. Psychology will help you understand the different views and explanations which have been put forward to answer these questions. Psychology is a subject relevant to everyone’s daily life, which is why it has become so popular with students.

The OCR GCSE Psychology course will introduce you to the research base of Psychology and give you a sound background in the subject. The topics are engaging and are designed to capture your interest and inspire you to learn more.

Topics include:
Memory, Sex and gender, Attachment, Obedience, Phobias ,Criminal behaviour, Perception, Cognitive development, Non-verbal communications, The self

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, students can opt for A level Psychology. AS/A2 Psychology (A) (2180) is an AQA examination.The course looks at several topics, namely, PYA1 – Attachment, Memory, Research Methods, PYA2 – Stress, Social influence and Abnormality in Year 12 and PYA3 -Biological rhythms and sleep, Theories of aggression, Eating behaviour, PYA4 – Schizophrenia, Addiction and Research and scientific methods in Year 13. There are 2 exams at the end of Year 12 worth 100% of the AS (50% each) and 50% of A Level. There are 2 exams at the end of Year 13 worth 50% of the A Level (25% each). All examinations are written. PYA1, 2 and 3 are all 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration and PYA2 is 2 hours in duration.