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Psychology provides a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology as a science. It encourages students to explore how science works by carrying out practical investigations that are applicable to real life. By the time students have completed the course they have a better understanding of how human behaviour from infancy to adulthood can have an affect on the society in which they live. The new A level specification is very exciting as students will gain knowledge in how memory works along with what happens when young children have their attachment to the mother figure disrupted. Also new topics such as biopsychology where we look at language and auditory functions in the brain; and how the are processed by PET and MRI scans.
Psychology at Brampton is a very popular subject which has enjoyed a very high level of exam success over many years. Taught by expert A level teachers, who are also practising examiners, in pleasant surroundings, Psychology can be studied on a one year A level course as well as the new reformed 2 year course. This fascinating subject combines very well with both arts and science A level choices.
Psychology Departmental Features
The department has a pleasant base room which houses many books and videos on the individual topics, to which students have access. The department also takes students to the A level revision courses held in central London, which are led by experienced lecturers in their field. This year we have also booked students to hear a talk on pseudoscience and the psychology of Magic and Illusion.
Apart from the very popular two year A level course, the department also runs a very successful course for students:
- who wish to transfer to Brampton for the second year of an A level course having studied the first year A level elsewhere.
- who wish to retake A level over one year;
- who wish to find a new subject that they can take on a one year intensive course.
- who have studied the OCR syllabus and need to retake some of their modules
Heather Keayes, Head of Psychology, spent five successful years as team leader at a sixth form college in Newbury before coming to Brampton, where she managed 250 students and nine members of staff. Heather is an experienced examiner for AS and A2 Psychology, she has a 2.1 degree in Psychology and Biology from Southampton University and spent ten years in industry before taking up teaching.
Dr Barbara White
Barbara White joined the College in 2004 after spending the first part of her career in psychology lecturing and research at a top class university psychology department, from which she brings expertise, particularly in research methods, to her A level teaching. She also acts as a personal tutor at Brampton.
Over the last few years, students from Brampton have gone on to read Psychology at the most prestigious departments in the country, including UCL, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff and Exeter. We often encourage students who intend to have a career in psychology to take a sandwich course at university, where in the second year they undertake work experience in a particular field. The final year is then devoted to their dissertation. This gives them a very good start on their future career path.