Psychology involves studying and exploring human behaviour and what drives it. Students will study normal processes in the brain such as memory and how we form attachments, as well as some abnormal behaviours such as obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and phobias. We also examine how people may react to or be influenced by other people in social environments.  

Psychology is a science and is recognised as such in many academic institutions. It has links with many academic areas, such as the psychology of business, the psychology of sport, the psychology of education and criminal (forensic) psychology. Psychology aids understanding in all communications with others and gives insights into motivation and training in a variety of career paths. It is useful for any career that involves working with people such as police, medical professions (many universities class it as a science subject), business studies of all kinds but also in any profession where knowledge of the workings of the brain would be useful: for example, performance related careers, teaching or sport.

The Psychology department at Hampshire Collegiate School enables students to discuss issues in a relatively small group, exploring the latest research developments to illustrate and strengthen arguments. In lessons, students can expect to be involved in active learning as well as improving their skills in note taking, analysis and evaluation of psychological research. Psychology is one of the newest science subjects and its research is being developed within a very recent time framework. New ideas are always coming forward in the media to make our learning in psychology completely up to date.  

Course content 

There is no coursework, but simply three examination papers at the end of two years for A Level.

Compulsory content

  • Social Influence: how we are influenced by people around us
  • Memory: how we process memories and how to improve our memory
  • Attachment of infants: the importance of attachment at an early age
  • Approaches in psychology: different psychologists and their views
  • Biopsychology: the biology of the brain and how it works
  • Psychopathology; an exploration into abnormal behavior and treatment
  • Research methods for all research in psychology

Year 2 options include:

  • Relationships: an exploration of romantic attraction and parasocial behaviour
  • Gender: issues of gender in research and differences in gender behaviour
  • Cognition and development: how a human brain develops
  • Schizophrenia: exploring the latest research in causes and treatment
  • Stress: how and why stress affects us all
  • Aggression: neural and hormonal influences and explanations of aggression
  • Forensic psychology: psychological explanations for criminal behaviour


  • Paper 1 Introductory topics in psychology - multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions 
  • Paper 2 Psychology in context - multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions
  • Paper 3 Issues and options in psychology - multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Course requirements 

Students who study psychology will need skills in:

  • Self–motivated study, communication and working with others
  • Application of scientific experiments
  • Construction of essays in an evaluative style
  • Application of number in the form of statistical information

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