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We are all interested in what makes people tick and why people behave as they do. Psychology can help us to understand just that, as it is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour; how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups.

Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and with the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour. It is both a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice.

As a science, psychologists study human behaviour using the scientific method, by observing, measuring and testing, then arriving at conclusions that are rooted in sound scientific methodology.

Psychology was introduced at Lingfield College in September 2013 and has become a very popular subject with two classes at both AS and A Level. A strength of the Department is the interactive way in which Psychology is taught, with students regularly taking part in replica studies to help understand the methodology and results in each topic and being able to go home and apply what they have learnt in the world around them.

Psychology attempts to explain why people behave and think the way they do and in the process forces us to turn the spotlight on ourselves. The knowledge and skills you learn in Psychology can be applied in every aspect of your life – with friends, family, work. For curious and questioning students, Psychology is the perfect subject David Scott, Teacher of Psychology

Psychology compliments many of the other option choices at Lingfield, namely Biology, Business Studies, Sports Education and Media. The assessment is a combination of essay based skills and shorter answer questions.

To introduce the subject lower down the school, Year 9-11 pupils will have the option to attend a Psychology club on Monday lunchtime where younger pupils can be introduced to some of the controversial studies done in social psychology; understand people’s body language; sleep & dreaming and many other interesting areas.

The Lingfield Psychology course prepares students for university by encouraging wider reading around the subject, including journal articles and has a number of students looking to continue their Psychology studies after their A2 year.

Studying Psychology can lead to a variety of options for careers. These include clinical, forensic, educational, health, occupational, sports, neuroscience and research-based Psychology. It can also help in many other areas, such as marketing, social services, human resources, PR, counselling and many more.