What influences decision-making? Why do people do what they do, and why do people react differently to one another? These are just some of the questions into which psychologists delve in this fascinating area of study.

“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create people who are capable of doing new things.”

Jean Piaget

Taught by subject specialists who have a both a wealth of experience and a deep fascination for their subject, Psychology is a highly relevant subject that takes a scientific approach to understanding the mind, whilst encouraging critical thinking and debate. 

Psychology fits equally well alongside science or arts-based subjects, as the breadth of the subject is vast: ranging from brain activity in psychopaths to social factors in mental health. The curriculum is pertinent to today’s society and students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to current affairs and world events.  Students develop a plethora of transferable skills that are excellent preparation for university and beyond. With applications as diverse as marketing, consultancy and clinical psychology, studying Psychology can be a gateway to an absorbing career.

Welcome from Head of Department – Catherine Cheeseman

Psychology at The Abbey as seen through the eyes of our students: