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Statement of Curriculum Intent

The aim of the Psychology curriculum is to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to be able to understand and explain the causes of human behaviour and the impact of this behaviour on wider society. Students will be able to understand underlying Psychological principles and can apply them in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Students will be taught to think analytically and reach logical conclusions based on scientific evidence.

This means:

  • Using specialist vocabulary, psychological concepts, terminology and convention to engage in the process of psychological enquiry.
  • Acquiring knowledge and understanding of psychology, developing an understanding of self and others, and how psychological understanding can help to explain everyday social phenomena.
  • Understanding how psychological research is conducted, including the role of scientific method and data analysis.
  • Presenting information, developing arguments and drawing conclusions through a critical approach to psychological evidence, developing as reflective thinkers.
  • Developing an understanding of the relationship between psychology and personal, moral, social and cultural issues, and developing an understanding of ethical issues in psychology.
  • Developing an understanding of psychological issues, the contribution of psychology to individual, social and cultural diversity, and how psychology contributes to society.


Psychology is the scientific study of people: how they think, how they act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour.

Psychology is a varied and interesting subject because it develops students’ understanding of key contemporary issues such as mental health as well as improving students’ knowledge of areas such as methodology and scientific evaluation.

Students will learn how to undertake psychological research and gain an understanding of the psychological theory underpinning topics such as memory, social influence, perception and language thought and communication.

Psychology is an excellent subject to study because it ensures students have access to a wide and varied curriculum, leaving all options open for their academic future or employment.

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