‘Psychology’ is derived from the Greek words psyche (mind) and logos (knowledge/study). Psychology is often defined as ‘the science of mind and behaviour’ – it is a fascinating discipline, which investigates what makes ‘people tick’ and can offer students insight into why they think and act in certain ways!

Examination board: AQA

Unit 1 - Introducing Topics in Psychology
​Unit 2: Psychology in Context
​UNIT 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Students will engage in a variety of learning and teaching methods, including individual, pair, small group and whole class activities. For example: discussions, debates, and presentations will feature in lessons. To further develop students in becoming skilful and independent learners, much exam preparation and practise will take place. ‘Assessment for Learning’ opportunities will be used every lesson both to aid learning and progress, and to make lessons challenging and fun! It is preferable for students to already have a high standard of essay writing before embarking on the course, which can be then be developed hopefully into excellent psychology essays! As scientific topics and statistics feature in the course, a good grounding in Science and Maths will give students an advantage.


Studying Psychology is beneficial as it helps students to develop a number of study skills, for example analysis and evaluation. Psychology is considered an art, science and social science when applying to university, which opens up a number of opportunities and broadens the choice of careers available. In addition to the wide range of careers in Psychology and the mental health services, other careers include: teaching; personnel and human resources; caring professions; banking, commerce and industry; career guidance and counselling; public relations; advertising and marketing.