Mr Warner - Head of Department
Ms Allen

Department Overview


  1. To help understand the role of the brain to explain human behaviour.
  2. To arouse interest in how the brain functions.
  3. To encourage awareness as to how our society has tried to use psychology to explain complex behaviours such as conformity, aggression, gender, consumer behaviour.
  4. To enable students to become independent learners, through the development of essential study skills and to understand the distinctive methodology of psychologists.
  5. To prepare students for adult life and to encourage them to take an active part in society.


  1. To teach Psychology within the context of a scientific background.
  2. To develop the ability to be able to question, analyse and evaluate a wide range of explanations, theories and research.
  3. To encourage understanding of a broad range of methodology used by psychologists, including experiments, observations etc to demonstrate their understanding orally and in writing supported by an appropriate amount of evidence and psychological knowledge.
  4. To develop an understanding of different explanations of behaviour e.g. biological and psychological explanations of aggression.
  5. To ensure that all students are able to make useful connections between what they learn in psychology and relate these to everyday life e.g. conformity, gender.

Curriculum Content



Social influence

  • Conformity
  • Obedience
  • Resistance to social influence
  • Social change


  • Models of memory
  • Forgetting
  • Eyewitness Testimony


  • Caregiver-infant interactions
  • Explanations of attachment
  • Effects of disruption to attachments

Biopsychology (including)

  • CNS
  • Role of neurons
  • Fight or flight
  • Endocrine system
  • Plus many other features of Biopsychology


  • Definitions of abnormality
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • OCDs

Research methods (including)

  • Experiments, Observations, Questionnaires, Interviews, case studies
  • Sampling
  • Pilot studies
  • Plus many more features of research methodology


Issues and debates in society Gender and cultural bias

  • Free will and determinism
  • Nature-nurture
  • Holism and reductionism
  • Ethical implications of research

Gender (including)

  • Sex/Gender
  • Androgyny
  • Sex-role stereotypes
  • Hormones
  • Explanations of gender development
  • Gender dysphoria

Eating behaviour

  • Explanations for food preferences
  • Neural and hormonal mechanisms involved in the control of eating behaviour
  • Explanations for anorexia nervosa
  • Explanations for obesity
  • Explanations for the success and failure of dieting

Forensic psychology

  • Offender profiling
  • Explanations of offending behaviour
  • Dealing with offending behaviour