Head of Department: Miss S Watchman
Teaching Staff: Mrs S Abbiss
Literally defined, Psychology is the ‘scientific study of the human mind and behaviour’. At Durham School, Psychology is an extremely popular choice amongst sixth form students and the AQA A Level syllabus offers an exploration of both classic and contemporary theory, research and methodology. Pupils quickly learn to ‘think like Psychologists’, and a keen ability to critically analyse and evaluate behavioural theory is fostered through discussion, practical activities, debate and academic study.
Outside of the A Level syllabus, there is an active co-curricular program in Psychology, with students encouraged to become involved in 'Psych-Soc', a group that organises various events throughout the year. In addition, Psychology students also coordinate 'DS Together', a one-to-one mental health support group for all members of Durham School.
As well as being an extremely interesting and dynamic subject, an A level qualification in Psychology is attractive for a variety of careers and Degree courses. Each year a number of students take their study of Psychology into Higher Education, with recent destinations including the University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University and the University of St Andrews.
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Being able to study psychology at Durham School has completely changed my perception of the world around me and myself. Furthermore I would have never been able to achieve my grades without the support and guidance of Mr Brownlee and Miss Watchman.Peter Fisk, Year 13
Psychology is a really fascinating subject where we cover a wide range of exciting topics. The teachers are very encouraging, helpful and their passion is translated into their teaching. It's provided me with a strong base of knowledge to continue my love of the subject at university.Melissa Holmes, Year 13
I think the psychology department is one of best departments in the school. I really enjoyed the subject as it lead to many questions being raised and answered and allowed me to understand a lot of different behaviours. The teachers Mr Brownlee and Miss Watchman are very enthusiastic and always made the lessons interesting and interactive to suit many different pupils.Harriet Collinson, OD (2015)
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