Psychology provides an insightful and intriguing explanation of mind and behaviour. Have you ever wondered: how far people would go to obey an authority figure and why; why do riots occur; are the brains of murderers different to the brains of non-murderers? You will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways, through virtual learning, independent study and classroom teaching. Amongst many other learning styles, you will gain experience in role play, mind-mapping, debating and discussing, presenting work and conducting your own psychological research.


Psychology will help you to better understand yourself and the people around you. You will explore a wide range of psychological research, including studies and theories by some famous psychologists. Areas such as prejudice, discrimination and obedience are investigated along with Criminological Psychology (forensic), which seeks to aid our understanding of why people turn to crime and Clinical Psychology which focusses on mental health disorders and how they can be diagnosed. You will be encouraged to achieve your individual potential and set your own targets for progression. Teacher expectations are high and you are expected to become an independent thinker and learner. You will develop transferable life skills such as evaluating and applying research and theories to real life, essay writing and understanding how to conduct your own psychological research, alongside opportunities to take part in a number of trips and visits.

Minimum Entry Requirements

GCSE English combined total of at least 11 plus Grade 6 in either Maths, Biology or Chemistry. 

Combines well with…

Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physical Education, Sociology.


The course provides an excellent basis for a career or further study in many occupations. You may choose to specialise in a particular area of psychology, or utilise your qualification more broadly in other areas such as personnel, human resources, child care or the police force.