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Psychology at Sutton Grammar School

Course description

Psychology is a subject which covers a wide spectrum of approaches. It is often referred to as the ‘science of mind and behaviour’ and it provides the dedicated student with fascinating insights into the structure and function of the human mind, as well as attempting to pinpoint what makes people tick. This course covers a broad range of subjects, including social and cognitive psychology, developmental and physiological psychology and it explores what lies behind atypical behaviour, the psychology of individual differences. By way of example, you will gain an understanding of how people develop differently, the causes of conditions such as autism and how dysfunctional behaviour can afflict personality development, such as addiction to gambling. In all, Twenty studies are covered in the first year.

Course content

In the first year of study you will be taught the basics of psychology and given a broad grounding in this new subject.

They will look at 5 different areas in psychology and 2 perspectives these are:

  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual differences
  • The Psychodynamic perspective
  • The Behaviourist perspective

These are taught by looking at historical and contemporary studies
In Year 2 of the course the focus is narrowed to look at specific areas of Psychology, these are:
  • Medical Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Criminal Psychology


Entry requirements

As the subject is not studied at GCSE level, many students will wonder whether the course is for them. It is important to know that the broad nature of the subject, through its various approaches, will provide interesting material for all students.


The course is assessed by written examination. There are three, two hour, papers which will assess Research methods, Psychological themes through core studies and applied psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sutton Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016
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