Psychology is the scientific study of mind, behaviour and experience. It is a fascinating and popular subject with the opportunity to explore key features of everyday life that are of direct relevance and interest to students. Students studying Psychology will learn to assess and analyse research evidence for its credibility and to consider how usefully the results can be applied to change behaviour in a practical way.
Psychology is a useful addition to many students’ A-level portfolio. It requires both essay writing skills and the evaluation of scientific evidence, including the analysis of statistical data. 10% of the overall assessment of Psychology will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above. 25–30% of the overall assessment will assess skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to research methods. These skills will be developed through study of the course content and through ethical and practical research activities, involving: designing and conducting research.
We have a student-led Psychology Club which meets to discuss current topics in Psychology and listen to guest lectures. There are also opportunities available to represent the Department by becoming Psychology Ambassadors, Mentors and part of a student focus group. There will also be an optional psychology day trip next year.
Psychology develops transferable and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities. It offers an ideal introduction for those who are interested in studying Psychology at degree level and also supports applications for almost any science-based university course and an equally wide range of humanities courses. Psychology degrees can lead to careers in many areas, including health and caring professions, management, education, criminology, media studies, marketing and advertising.