Course Outline – Psychology

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Curriculum Intent:

Psychology is a fascinating subject and is classed as a science. To some extent we are all naïve psychologists as we try to interpret and understand the behaviour of those around us.  Psychologists further our understanding by generating theories and hypotheses and using scientific methods to test and draw conclusions about human and non-human animal behaviour. The course focuses on the study of human behaviour, performance, and the human mind.  Through understanding and analysis of human behaviour and mental processes, students better understand how we think, act and feel. At its core Psychology helps us understand how the body and mind work together. This can help a person make better decisions, navigate stressful situations, interact with others in a more positive manner, and gain empathy for others. 

Studying Psychology equips students to use their knowledge of human behaviour in their daily lives. In addition, developing excellent research and analytical skills, enables students to develop their critical thinking and to improve their academic writing and presentation skills. The course also supports students in developing transferable skills such as goal setting, prioritising and even leadership and team work skills. The goal is to help students build on prior learning and develop skills and attitudes whilst being respectful to the differences of others.

Co-curriculum and Extracurricular Activities

Students have the opportunity to attend a number of societies, such as PsychSoc, and Sociology and Criminology Society, which provide a forum for debate and discussion.  There are bi-monthly screenings of relevant films and guest speakers are invited to present on a variety of topics.  Students also attend the annual London Psychology Conference.

Facilities

The department has well-equipped, light and airy classrooms, which have interactive white boards.

Opportunities for Further Study and Destinations

Psychologists are involved in many areas of research.  Some conduct work in the field of Applied Psychology and research in areas seeking to answer real societal issues – such as working with the government on how best to inform the population about social distancing or finding ways to reduce stress.  Pure research instead focuses on areas such as how the working memory operates or how hormones influence our aggression. Psychologists are employed in a wide range of fields including the clinical arena (e.g. psychiatry), industry and commerce, hospitals, teaching and education, social work, the probation service and in counselling. The study of Psychology also provides the student with transferable skills which can be utilised within many indirectly related careers including market research, advertising, careers guidance, retail management and personnel. It is extremely useful in any career which involves people, or understanding people, and is a popular choice at degree level.