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Psychology

Psychology is offered at AS and A2 level at St. Mark's Church of England Academy.

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science with cutting edge research which has real life implications. We look at why certain people suffer from mental health illnesses and others do not, why some people fear snakes yet others see them as cuddly.

The course helps students to develop a number of skills such as

  • How to view the world around you
  • To think critically
  • Plan and conduct scientific investigations
  • To be able to put your point of view across fluently and convincingly

The content of the course stretches across the discipline of Psychology. 
Students will look at social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology, 
the various approaches in psychology, the research methodology involved, 
and have an opportunity to choose from 9 topics for their third paper, which 
includes cognition, schizophrenia and relationships.

There are two 1.5 hour examinations at the end of year 12 and a further two 1.5 examinations at the end of year 13. These four exams combined form an A-Level in Psychology.

Within the subject the students take part in debates, conduct their own research, evaluate and discuss studies, theories and investigations. Psychology involves essay writing and this is a skill which is developed throughout the course.

There are 5 lessons of psychology each week in year 12 and 6 lessons in year 13.Students are offered enrichment sessions after school to help with their understanding and preparation for exams and these are attended enthusiastically.