A-Level Psychology at Winstanley College
Why study Psychology?
Psychology is a very exciting field of study, one that attempts to discover how the mind works and why we behave in particular ways in particular situations. Psychology pushes us towards greater self-knowledge by making us more aware of our behaviour and the motivations behind our behaviour, our actions and our personalities. The purpose of psychology as a science is to lead us to a better understanding of human behaviour for the greater good of all humans.
Psychologists have attempted to answer important questions such as: how does prejudice develop, why do people blindly follow malevolent authority, why do some people develop mental health problems and not others? Psychologists study a range of things that we may normally take for granted: such as how do we learn to be male or female, why do 3 month old babies seem happy in anyone’s company but only like familiar faces when they are 8 months old, when we are attracted to someone is this because we believe they are similar to us or do we like them because of what they can offer us?
Psychology at Winstanley College
The psychology department is an enthusiastic, committed, creative and imaginative bunch of people. We care about students’ experience of psychology and about our students’ achievements. We pride ourselves on our excellent resources, results and the number of students that go on to study psychology at degree level.
We also like to complement our teaching with appropriate enrichment opportunities.
This year we have been to Chester Zoo, where students learned about animal behaviour. We also took students to New York this year which has links to psychology and the media. We also attend university conferences and invite speakers in to discuss career options within Psychology, including Clinical and Forensic Psychology.
What will I study?
In the first year you will consider the nature of, and organisation of human memory systems, the development of attachments in human infants and an understanding of how psychologists conduct their research. You will study how the power of an authority figure and the presence of others has an effect on our behaviour. What do psychologists mean by psychological abnormality? You will learn specifically about OCD, Phobias and Depression as well as how abnormality is explained differently by different psychologists. You will develop an appreciation for how the psychological disorders are treated when the views about how they develop are so different.
Introductory Topics in Psychology
• Social influence
Psychology in Context
• Approaches in psychology
• Research methods
Issues and Options in Psychology
• Issues and Debates in Psychology
• Forensic Psychology
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Winstanley College directly.