A future less ordinary



Our Subject

Psychology can be defined as the ‘Science of mind and behaviour’ – it’s about people and their cognitive, biological and social worlds. Many people argue that Psychology developed as a subject due to Darwin’s ideas. He suggested that all living things were related to one another, meaning that human beings can be studied scientifically, like the rest of the natural world.

To study Psychology at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade 4 in Maths GCSE and grade 5 in English Language. In addition to a 5 in English Language student also need a 5 in either Maths or Science. There is a lot of scientific reasoning and data analysis in the course and our students have to be able to write effectively about their findings.

Our links with HE

The department has a Twitter account under the name of bilbopsy – come and join us there!  [MCW1] To give you the best possible grounding for your future, we’re busy forging links with the British Psychological Society, Freud Museum, University of Manchester, York University, Keele University, University of Westminster, the University of Cambridge and other leading universities.

Course Structure

You will study 3 Components over two years;

Component One: Psychology past and present: This component looks at five different ways of explaining human behaviour, behaviorism, biological, cognitive, psychodynamic and positive psychology.

Component 2: Investigating behaviour: This component considers the best way to investigate humans, and requires the students to carry out psychological research themselves.

Component 3: Psychology implications in the real world. This component considers a smaller number of topics in detail, such as schizophrenia, autism and crime.

All 3 components are assessed via written exams.


Psychology is the scientific investigation of human behaviour.

Should humans be investigated scientifically or are non-scientific methods a more appropriate method to investigate humans?

Are murderers brains different from non-murderers?

Read Raine, A., Buchsbaum, M. and LaCasse, L. (1997) Brain abnormalities in murderers indicated by positron emission tomography. Biological Psychiatry, 42(6), 495-508 and decide if this study has answered this question.

Does money make us happy?

Read Myers, D.G. and Diener, E. (1995) Who is happy? Psychological Science, 6(1), 10-17 and find the answer.