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Welcome to the Psychology Department.

“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour.  Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and includes many sub-fields of study such areas as human development, sports, health, clinical, social behaviour and cognitive processes. Psychology is really a very new science, with most advances happening over the past 150 years or so.  However, its origins can be traced back to ancient Greece, where the emphasis was a philosophical one, with great thinkers such as Socrates influencing Plato, who in turn influenced Aristotle.

Psychology is a fascinating area of study. It will help you understand human behaviour and mental processes and allow you to better understand how we think act and feel. It looks at some of the important questions such as why do people act the way they do? What shapes our personality? How do we learn and change throughout our life?

Psychology was introduced to Cranbrook School in 2017, and is taught by a team of specialist teachers. It has proved to be a very successful and popular subject so far, and continues to grow. This is in part due to the fact that as well as being an exciting and constantly changing field of study, it complements the other courses on offer at the school such as Philosophy and Biology and Maths. It is also a very well thought of subject both at university level and by employers. Psychology can open up a number of degree options which include Media, physiotherapy, nursing, occupational health, speech therapy, social work, sports sciences as well as the transferable skills helping into career pathways  of management, business, research and teaching.

To take Psychology at a degree level you ideally need 1 subject from Biology, Maths, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology. Other subjects that help are English or History.

AS Year 12 :  We follow the AQA Psychology course. Full specification can be found here:


In Year 12, the focus is on building a solid understanding of the basic concepts and fields of Psychology. Topics include social influence, memory, attachment, biopsychology and psychopathology, as well as studying the scientific processes and research methods.

This can either be a stand-alone qualification, or be the first year of the A2 course.

A2 Year 13 :  Year 13 is a continuation of the Year 12 course, with the focus for the year being on the key contemporary issues and debates in Psychology. Students get a choice of 3 topics to study from the following: (1 from each block)

  1. relationships, gender and sexuality, cognition
  2. schizophrenia, eating disorders, stress
  3. aggression, addiction and forensic psychology.

Mrs Elly Hills, Acting Head of Psychology : hillse@cranbrook.kent.sch.uk


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