The study of Psychology is a fascinating journey through the how’s and why’s of human behaviour and the true study of human minds, behaviours, experiences and relationships. Students will have a real-world experience by learning how psychological knowledge is applied to real-world personal and social issues. A Psychology student learns how to:
- Demonstrate a deeper understanding of psychological principles, perspectives, applications and methods.
- Explore in some depth the relationship between psychological knowledge, theories and methodology and their relationship to social, cultural and ethical issues.
- Develop a deeper understanding of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
- Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.
Key Stage Four
Our engaging course will cover interesting topics such as:
Development - How did you develop?
Memory – How does your memory work?
Psychological problems - How would psychological problems affect you?
The brain and neuropsychology – How does your brain affect you? Social influence – How do others affect you?
Criminal psychology – Why do people become criminals? The self – what makes you who you are?
Key Stage Five
At Key Stage 5 we follow the AQA A Level curriculum. In the first year we study units on Social Influence, Memory and Attachment, Psychopathology, Research methods, approaches and Bio Psychology. Year two units covers issues and debates. At Sydenham we teach relationships, stress and forensic Psychology some statistical testing tuition. The course has three terminal exams at the end of the second year.
Psychology students have successfully progressed onto a range of university degrees including Law, Sociology, History, Social Sciences, Criminology, Media, Business, Education, Nursing, Health Studies and then gone on to take careers in related areas.