Psychology is available as an A Level option, and follows the AQA syllabus.
Pupils learn about how psychological research is conducted, and conduct some of their own. They discover key issues and debates in the subject, such as whether human behaviour is due to nature or nurture. They learn about the history of psychology and the different approaches researchers can take, such as the behaviourist or humanist approaches.
The course also covers study attachment, memory, social influence, psychopathology and biopsychology. These topics form the basis of understanding key ideas and theories, along with critical evaluation skills, which are further developed during the topics on schizophrenia, cognition and development, and forensic psychology.
Beyond the classroom
Sixth Form girls are encouraged to keep up-to-date with current psychological research and to use this information in their studies. There is a Psychology Society, running regular sessions on topics outside of the specification, including film evenings and book discussions. Girls interested in studying Psychology at university are provided with opportunities to learn more about the courses and topics available, researching areas that they are particularly interested in and discussing their ideas.
External speakers deliver lectures and workshops on areas such as Freud and the latest neuroscience research. There is also the opportunity to learn about the history of mental health and schizophrenia treatment at Bethlem Museum of the Mind, and attend conferences in London on criminology and the science of psychology.