“We are what we are because we have been what we have been, and what is needed for solving the problems of human life and motives is not moral estimates but more knowledge”.
Psychology is a very broad science which gives students a deeper insight into many aspects of life and the world around them. It leads to a greater understanding of how innate qualities and experience influence behaviour, enabling them to think critically about issues and to see these from many different perspectives. It attempts to evaluate real-life situations by applying techniques and theories from psychologists past and present.
Students develop skills in analysis, in using research methods and in evaluating logically and objectively to help support their ideas. They also consider the ethical context of situations and how this affects the way things happen in the real world.
All our students are encouraged to watch relevant documentaries, read widely in this fascinating field, and think about events in the news. On a practical level, they conduct their own experiments and evaluate these from a practical and ethical perspective which allows them to think like psychologists.
An interest in human behaviour is crucial, although Psychology is a scientific subject that does not involve expressing opinions. This qualification should enable a student to progress on to a Psychology degree or a degree that combines Psychology with another subject.
The applications of Psychology are numerous and provide pathways for careers in areas as varied as cognitive neuroscience, the police or prison services, the field of social work, human resources, marketing, counselling, therapy, teaching, ergonomics, advertising, research, public relations and medicine.