- To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of psychology
- To explore how psychology has contributed to an understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity
- To enable students to understand and use subject-specific terminology
- To promote awareness of the ethical responsibilities of psychological researchers
- To provide opportunities for the development of research skills
These seek to create a relaxed but purposeful teaching and learning environment and include:
- Teacher presentations
- Source-based work
- Student presentations
- Extended writing
- Class discussion
- Marking exercises
- Review of essay and test performances
Visits to AS and A2 Psychology Conferences augment classroom teaching and act as a stimulus to further study.
Facilities and resources
The department is based in Singleton House, all lessons taking place in modern and well-appointed rooms. The department has excellent resources in the form of specialist textbooks, magazines and DVD recordings.
AS Psychology (AQA Specification A), which consists of two modules:
- Childhood Development
- Research Methods.
- Social Psychology
- Individual Differences (Abnormal Psychology).
A2 Psychology (AQA Specification A), which also consists of two modules:
- Eating Disorders
- Intelligence & Learning
- Addictive Behaviour
There is no coursework element in either of these programmes.