The Highcrest Academy



Our knowledge-rich curriculum will inspire students to begin to understand the complexities of the human mind and related behaviours. Students will be taught to recognise the impact that behaviour and thought processes have, both on an individual basis and within wider society, understanding the importance of ethical practices in psychological research. Our teaching will look at the work and ideas from a range of psychologists, using both historical and contemporary studies. This will allow students to see how our understanding of the human psyche and mental health has changed over time and how this has helped shape much of the Mental Health Legislation in place today.


Our curriculum will ensure all students develop their ability to explain and analyse a variety of psychological theories and studies of human behaviour. This will be demonstrated in their responses to end of year tests, assessments, classroom-based tasks and independent learning tasks. Our curriculum will help create individuals who have an understanding of human behaviour and see how it is possible to not only support the mental health of others, but to also keep themselves mentally healthy.


Topics covered over the three years:

Year 9



Criminal Psychology

Criminal Psychology

Mental Health

Mental Health

Year 10



Sleep and Dreaming

Sleep and Dreaming



Year 11

Key studies

Key studies





What Is Psychology?                

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour.

It uses the methods of science to try to understand why people behave, think and feel as they do. It is a science that can be applied in everyday life and to such things as artificial intelligence and issues relating to social change. Psychology has links with many disciplines, including biological, computer and forensic science, as well as humanities such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology and even literature.

Why Study Psychology?

Psychologists observe and conduct experiments to find out more about the way people act and interact.

They try to understand what motivates, challenges or changes us and use this understanding to help us tackle personal and social problems.  We even carryout our own experiments in class> You will be amazed how much you will learn about human behaviour and why we do the things that we do! We try to arrange trips to help expand our learning and see psychology in the real world. 

Who Will Enjoy Psychology?

If you enjoy research, are curious about human behaviour, but also cautious about accepting other people’s explanations, then you will probably enjoy Psychology.

If you also enjoy reading, can express yourself well in writing and are happy expressing your opinion verbally, then you may well enjoy Psychology.

Which Subjects Complement Psychology?

Combines well with many subjects including Sociology, History, English, biology to name but a few.

What transferable skills will I gain?

  • written and verbal communication, including report writing and presentation
  • handling of data
  • analytical research
  • problem solving
  • the ability to work in teams.


Don’t take Psychology if you are looking for an “easy” subject.

There is a lot of material to cover and you will need to be organised and hard-working to succeed.  If you do take it, expect to be challenged and fascinated.

Here at The Highcrest Academy we follow the AQA Psychology specification:

Topics covered over the two years:

Social Influence



Approaches in Psychology


Research Methods




Forensic Psychology




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