Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience and students will get the chance to discover more about the fascinating nature of human behaviour. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behaviour. Students will learn about the memory and how it works, psychological problems faced by individuals, the brain and neuropsychology, and psychology of language, thought and communication. Students will also learn how to deal with data and how to conduct psychological research. This is a great topic for those wanting to go on to study A-Levels, as it will offer students the chance to improve their written communication and critical evaluation skills.


Key Stage 4:

At Key stage 4 pupils study the AQA course.

In Year 10 pupils study:

  1. Research methods
  2. Memory
  3. Perception
  4. Development

In Year 11 pupils study:

  1. Social influence
  2. Language, thought and communication
  3. Brain and neuropsychology
  4. Psychological problems


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Key Stage 5:

At Key stage 5 pupils study the AQA course.

For A level, students are encouraged to act as independent psychologists where they investigate different approaches and explanations for behaviours, emotions and thoughts providing a more holistic understanding of the world we live in. It is difficult to capture everything that psychology encompasses in just a brief definition, but topic such development, personality, thoughts, feelings, emotions, motivations, biological responses and social behaviours represent just a portion of what psychology seeks to understand and explain.

In year 12 pupils study:

  1. Research Methods
  2. Social Influence
  3. Memory
  4. Approaches in Psychology
  5. Biopsychology
  6. Psychopathology
  7. Attachment

In year 13 pupils study:

  1. Issues and debates in Psychology
  2. Year 2 Research Methods
  3. Three options topics chosen at Villiers High School:
    1. Schizophrenia
    2. Gender
    3. Aggression. 


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