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The vision of the psychology department is the all students should receive a high-quality education which allows each student to reach their own potential and so make outstanding progress. Psychology offers an understanding into human behaviour in a scientific way, the study of the research process is important. All students will be supported to take responsibility for their learning and independent critical skills will be encouraged. We are a strong department with exam results which put us at the top 8% of schools in the country for the amount of value we add. Source Alps Data 2015

Key Stage 5

At AS students will look at how humans make attachments in early childhood and the effects that disruption to attachments can have later in social and aggressive behaviours students will look at memory, how humans conform to others behaviour. Students will spend time looking at how psychologists collect data using practical methods which include experimentation and use questionnaires and interviews. If students opt for the full A level they will look at biological psychology and look at disorders such as schizophrenia in detail. We study gender and aggression. The best way to find out about the course is to ask someone who has studied it at Silverdale.

The course offers a variety of experiences, annually we organise outside speakers.

Psychology is one of the most popular subjects in the sixth form it is a subject that goes well with both the traditional sciences and also other social sciences sociology and PE. Many students go on to study this at degree level and psychology currently has one of the highest employment graduate rates.  Source


Assessment is over two years and includes multiple choice short answer questions and full essays. We follow the AQA specification please see the links below if desired for more information. Any further information, please email the school and direct you enquiry to the Subject Leader for the subject, Mrs Garnock-Jones MA.


Exam board

Useful web site for psychology