Subject: Psychology

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour.  Psychologists attempt to understand and be able to predict human behaviour using scientific methodology.  A qualified psychologist could specialise in either clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational or sport and exercise psychology.  In studying psychology you will learn about different types of abnormality such as depression, schizophrenia, OCD, phobias and eating disorders.   You will also study the memory, and developmental psychology which examines how infants develop. 

Skills attained:

In psychology you will acquire detailed knowledge about different psychological theories for example you will learn about theories which explain why we form relationships with the people we do. You will learn about stress, its causes and its effects on the body, and in forensic psychology you will learn how to profile a criminal.  Evaluation is a key psychological skill and you will learn how to analyse theories, studies and research methods.  In social psychology you will learn why ordinary people can act in an inhumane way for example in the holocaust.

Future opportunities:

Psychology is a highly recommended subject if you are intending to study medicine at university as a psychiatrist is a medically trained doctor who specialises in mental health, and previous psychology students from St Benedict’s have gone on to study medicine.  Careers in law, the police, education, nursing and business can also be accessed through studying psychology at ‘A’ Level, as well as many others.  Psychology is classed as a science but also studies people therefore it combines well with any other subject.