Psychology - Hurstpierpoint College


Through the study of psychological theories, concepts and research, students will develop an understanding of the main principles and perspectives governing Psychology. They develop the ability to identify ethical issues, and the application of psychology to cultural, social and contemporary issues. The topics covered also encompass a broad range of research methods in the investigation of psychological issues.

Psychology is always a popular choice at Hurst and we are proud that our students have achieved eight consecutive years of positive value-added A-level results.

Psychology is only offered at A-level and is a two-year course. The first year is a good foundation, offering a diverse range of material, and includes topics such as memory, attachment and research methods as well as considering approaches such as behavioural, cognitive and social learning theory. In the second year, the key topics studied are cognition and development, aggression and schizophrenia.

Co-curricular opportunities

The Hurst Debating Society may be of interest to students studying Psychology.


      Psychology is taught in the new Science Lecture Theatre which is ideal as it creates a similar environment to university lectures.

      Higher Education and career opportunities

      Our Psychology department has made strong links with the University of Sussex which has a vibrant and developing Psychology faculty. In the past five years, links have included research into attitudes to alcohol in teenagers, in which an education programme was developed and Hurst was one of the schools that took part in the development process. Visits to the university also take place when postgraduates present their research studies and findings.

      Past students who are reading Psychology return to speak to our A-level groups. This gives our students an opportunity to engage with current undergraduates and discover what their university courses involve and understand what university life is like.

      About a third of our students who study A-level Psychology go on to read the same subject at university. Other than pure Psychology, Applied Psychology (Clinical) MSc and Psychology with Professional Placements are becoming increasingly popular.

      Careers directly related to a degree in Psychology include: Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Further Education Teacher, Health Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist, Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and Sport and Exercise Psychologist.