Psychology is a new subject area for most students and as such often proves exciting and challenging. Its aim is to find out more about how humans behave and make sense of their world – and to use that knowledge to enhance people’s lives. For example, educational psychologists use psychological principles to help children who are struggling at school.
It is a subject that spans the Arts and Sciences: part of social psychology focuses on the influence of a group majority whereas in physiological psychology you might look at how various parts of the brain are linked to criminality. It is therefore a subject that combines well with either Arts or Sciences at AS.
If you are a student who is interested in people and considering a career in a medical field, social work, education or any other people related fields then psychology could be a good choice for you. You will need to be prepared to challenge some accepted thinking and also be able to accept there are no simple answers: Psychology raises as many questions as it solves!
The course is offered at both A Level and IB Diploma.