Psychology

To inspire intellectual curiosity and wonder through challenging students to question the world around them. We aim to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to apply psychological and scientific understanding to their daily lives. Avonbourne Trust students are provided a positive and supportive learning environment in which to develop their understanding of themselves and others.

Key contact: Mr Tim Clench
E-mail: tim.clench@avonbournetrust.org

 

 

The Curriculum
 

 

For the Enthusiast
Useful Links:

• www.guidetopsychology.com
Useful information about psychology, managed care, consumer rights, and why an individual might go see a psychologist.

• psychology.about.com
The Psychology site at About.com is guided by Dr. Shelley Wu. It is comprehensive and covers many areas of psychology, in the formats of blogs, articles, link library, discussion, and more.

• www.all-about-forensic-psychology.com
A comprehensive guide to the world of forensic psycholgy. Definitions, history, topic areas, theory and practice, careers, debates, offender profiling and study options are all covered in detail.

• www.all-about-psychology.com
A comprehensive guide to the world of psychology. Definitions, history, topic areas, theory and practice, careers, psychology Q & A and study skills are all covered in detail.

• psychclassics.yorku.ca
Website where users can search for and view classic articles from the field of psychology, typed from originals, not low quality scans. Articles are sorted by author and/or topic, and include material by Allport, Dewey, Galton, James, Rogers, Skinner, and Titchener (to name a few). Though not a complete directory, it is a great starting point in accessing classic writings in Psychology.

• www.freudfile.org
Provides information about life and work of Sigmund Freud. The site also has a section on the techniques and practice of psychoanalysis.

• www.socialpsychology.org
Provides a large variety of links to psychology organizations, U.S. schools with psychology PhD programs, and social-psychological topics of the day. Tends to be less focused than it when it was originally conceived, and now includes many categories only marginally related to "social psychology."

• www-usr.rider.edu/~suler/tcp.html
John Suler offers one of the oldest resources for professors and students of psychology in this site. His site is devoted to sharing ideas and resources for teaching courses that cover topics related to clinical psychology, especially at the undergraduate level. He emphasizes the therapeutic and personal growth aspects of better understanding oneself, one's relationships, and one's life.

• psychcentral.com/lib/types-of-mental-health-professionals/00013
There are over a half-dozen different professions that provide services that focus on helping a person overcome a mental health concern or some significant life issue. There are dozens more variations on these, which can lead to a great deal of confusion in the marketplace

Studying Psychology at University

There are numerous universities offering excellent Psychology courses, however for an idea of the grades you should be aiming for should you wish to pursue Psychology in further education, these are the entry requirements for some of the options available.

Local Universities:
- Bournemouth University: 280 points from 3 A levels e.g. BCC / ABD / ACC.
- Southampton University: AAB (to include Maths, Psychology or Science).
- University of Portsmouth: 300 points from 3 A levels e.g. ABC / BBB (to include a B in a Science subject).