Head of Department: Mrs L Hughes
The Psychology department consists of two subject specialist teachers and two dedicated teaching rooms. The subject consistently attracts a large number of students each year. Psychology is an academic science subject that can be used to understand people’s behaviour and to predict how they are likely to behave in different situations. One of the main roles of Psychology is to take contradictory common sense ideas and test them scientifically. Throughout the course students conduct their own research to see how their results compare to those of the psychologists. This data analysis is essential in supporting the mathematical element of the course.
The core areas of Psychology studied are cognitive, social, biological, developmental and psychopathology. Specific topics include forensic psychology, gender and schizophrenia.
A variety of extra-curricular activities is on offer from a two day trip to London taking in the Freud museum, a phobias and hypnosis workshop, together with the London Eye and London Dungeons. In addition, visits to Liverpool Crown Court, criminology conferences, Chester Zoo and close links with a number of local university departments serve to enhance the experiences of all Psychology students.
The department is very proud of its public examination results; with 93% of students achieving A* - C in 2017. We have also achieved a 100% pass rate at A level for the past 12 years. Psychology is a competitive subject to study at university and we are delighted that an increasing number of students each year are successful in continuing their study of Psychology to degree level and beyond.