Psychology

Sutton Grammar School students can study Psychology at A-Level. The subject has proved very popular throughout the time it has been available to Sixth Form students.

Psychology is the science of the mind and of human behaviour.
It is a science, and is looked upon favourably by universities as a worthwhile A-Level subject. By its nature, psychology helpfully prepares students for life beyond education.


In the first year of study students are 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

During this year pupils are also taught how to conduct studies and will complete a number of psychological investigations, these will include; experiments, observations, self-assessments and correlation studies.  After performing the studies the emphasis turns to report writing where pupils will be taught how to write a psychological report correctly.

There is also a mathmatical element to the study of psychology as pupils will be required to perform statistical tests on data collected from 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

In addition to this the pupils will continue to perform their own studies and write full Psychological reports on these.