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What we are trying to achieve with our students
What prompts a student to choose psychology? As students progress through the sixth form, they are maturing from children into young adults.
Some will go to university and some will follow other pathways, but the study of psychology will help all of them to question and assess information, develop discussion, be critical, and become more self-aware and more self assured.
Mrs. V Brough – teacher of Psychology at KTS since 2000
Psychology can be a lot of fun. Students can investigate behaviour that is familiar to them - is there scientific justification for chewing gum? what characteristics really make good girl/boy friend material?
Learning to think doesn’t always come easy to students, but psychology can help students to question their world.
Courses we offer
Psychology is offered at AS and A Level. As of this year, we are following the new AQA specification, which gives students a good all round introduction to the many areas of research in which psychologists are involved and their methods of investigation.
At AS topics include; social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in psychology and psychopathology, students also study psychological research methods and consider a number of different studies.
At A2 the above topics are developed further and students are also taught in depth about issues and debates within psychology and learn how ethical matters are approached.
All students consider ongoing psychological debates such as nature vs nurture, gender bias in research etc.
Trips and Activities
Where possible, students are encouraged to design and carry out their own research. This helps them to understand some of the methodological problems that face psychologists.
In the past students have collected data from fellow students, friends, family and members of the general public. This also helps students to recognise issues of safety and ethics.
There are many psychology related websites.
www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind is a good one
bit.ly/9M6NaP links to the New Scientist intelligence test
for specific enquiries start with Google & Wikipedia.
New Scientist is an excellent read, with fascinating articles from all disciplines not just psychology!