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Psychology

The brain is wider than the sky. - Emily Dickinson

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, which uses experimental methods to examining the way people behave and think.

Psychology A Level is the most popular course for both Year 12 and 13 at Epsom and Ewell High School. Students are fascinated to explore a novel subject which seeks to dig in to the inner psyche to find the root cause of human behaviour. Over the two year course students study a range of topics such as: social influence; investigating why people obey authority and conform to the majority. Attachment; looking in to the importance of the parent-child relationship and the implications this has on future relationships. Psychopathology; understanding the cause and cures of OCD.

Within the first half term students will put their research knowledge to the test and conduct their own social experiments. With the freedom to study any topic they wish, students are able to practically see the benefits of conducting research and also the challenges psychologists face.  

Students are offered the opportunity to explore and challenge their own pre-conceptions about who we are and where we come from, delving in to the age old “nature-nurture” debate. The subject provides students with a wide range of academic skills. Psychology is essay focused within a scientific context, it allows students to develop a skill set applicable to many areas of their life so that learning continues beyond the classroom.

Course specifications can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

A/AS Level specification

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