Psychology is described as the ‘Science of Mind and Behaviour’. Friary students are able to study Psychology from year 10 through to Sixth Form, but it can be taken up at year 12 without having been studied at GCSE. (Five passes at grade C or above are required, to include English and Maths).
Psychology is one of the most popular A level subjects attracting many students each year who seek to develop and expand on their understanding of how human beings think, work and behave together.
There will be two Psychology trips this academic year. The first will be a year 12 visit to Stafford University to participate in a number of workshops which introduce them to A2 studies. These include topics such as Criminal and Health Psychology.
The second visit on July 6th 2012 will be to West Midlands Safari park, where we will have discovery classroom sessions on behavioural psychology. This visit will be open to year 10 and year 12 students.
Every year a student from each year group is appointed ‘Psychology student of the year’ – watch this space for 2012!
In addition to this we have our legendary ‘Easter hat’ competition known as ‘Psycho-bonnets!!’ where year 12 students design an interesting hat based on one of the core studies.
Psychology has a base room – S6, which is equipped with a number of computers for students use. We are pleased to be able to have a roomy environment attached to the science department where examples of students work and topics can be displayed.
Focus sessions, enrichment groups and revision classes are held after school on Tuesday and Thursday.
Mrs Tyler is the Psychology Subject Leader and the primary teacher. From 2011 we have been pleased to welcome another social scientist – Mrs Millward – to the staff, to teach some of the GCSE course.
Courses & Syllabus
We offer GCSE and A level Psychology. The board studied is OCR. More information can be obtained by looking at ocr.org.uk or asking Mrs Tyler.
We are pleased to have Mrs Beale as Psychology link governor for the school. In addition to this we also have links with the Staffordshire network for Psychology teachers.