Psychology at Sir Thomas Rich's
Psychology is a fascinating subject which offers students an insight into how and why people behave the way they do.
Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. The key word being ‘science’, as it suggests that the way we research the mind and behaviour is a methodical and precise way of generating theories of behaviour. Psychologists attempt to answer questions, such as what happens when a brain is split in half, and why are some people better able to resist temptation than others? Such questions will be answered as students follow the A Level course at Sir Thomas Rich’s. Different psychologists subscribe to different perspectives and explain behaviour in terms of these perspectives. For example, biological psychologists would argue that aggression is caused by an excess of testosterone or damage to critical areas in the brain, whereas social learning theorists would argue aggression is behaviour imitated from role models. What do you think causes aggression?
By studying Psychology, students will learn about how behaviour is accounted for by different theories, based on an understanding of psychological research (some of which students will conduct themselves). It will enable students to develop a greater understanding of their own and others' behaviour, and to appreciate diversity in society.
Research Methods: this area provides students with the opportunity to understand what is involved in a range of different research methods and techniques, and it creates awareness of associated strengths and weaknesses.
Psychological Themes Through Core Studies: this area covers 10 pairs of studies (classic and contemporary) to cover a range of areas, including social, cognitive and biological psychology. Students will also learn about specific perspectives, such as behaviourism and the psychodynamic perspective. An appreciation of a range of issues and debates are incorporated throughout this component.
Applied Psychology: this area covers a compulsory section on issues in mental health and two further applied areas, which are criminal and environmental psychology.