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GBHS Students learn Psychology to…

  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others.
  • Develop understanding of key topics such as attachment, social influence and psychopathology they are able to combining everyday life experiences with academic research and theory.
  • Question the world and to think critically about the application of research and theory which is designed to improve the life of others.
  • Research to understand themselves and the world they live in as 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year; and half of mental health problems are established by the age of 14, with 75% by the age of 24.
  • Develop academic skills enabling them to become lifelong learners, who can form cohesive arguments and evaluate the economic contributions of psychology.
  • Understand the development of healthy (and unhealthy) relationships, as well as the importance of positive eating behaviours.
  • Develop a knowledge and passion for the subject that stretches beyond the A Level specification.

About the course

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It seeks to examine the complexities of human behaviour and, through the use of practical research, develop theories and ‘laws’ for why we behave the way we do.

It acknowledges individual differences and explores the reasons for these differences, leading to some of the most interesting fields of psychology, most notably clinical and forensic psychology.

Psychology is a subject which uses different approaches to explain behaviour: biological (medical/genetic); cognitive (thought processes); behavioural (learning through experiences); psychodynamic (unconscious); and evolutionary (through evolution).

Students who have ever watched people, wanting to understand what motivates them or who have wondered why some people choose to commit crime or develop mental illnesses such as schizophrenia are likely to enjoy studying psychology!


There are three written examinations:

Paper 1 - Introductory topics in Psychology

Paper 2 - Psychology in Context 

Paper 3 - Issues and Options in Psychology