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. Psychologists study many aspects of behaviour, such as aggression and the development of social relationships, in order to understand what causes them. 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.
By studying Psychology you will learn about how behaviour is accounted for by different theories, based on an understanding of psychological research (some of which you will conduct yourself). It will enable you to have a greater understanding of your own behaviour and that of others around you, which is very useful in helping you to appreciate diversity in society.
Research Methods: this area provides students with the opportunity to understand what’s 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.
Applied Psychology: this area covers a compulsory section on issues in mental health and two further applied areas, which are criminal and environmental psychology.