Psychology is amongst the most popular subjects at the School and Cokethorpe is one of the few schools in the country to offer it at GCSE Level.

The GCSE Psychology course is aimed at pupils who are fascinated by the way people think and behave, enjoy the rigour of science subjects and are able to challenge findings and to discuss theories. Many of the students who study Psychology go on to pursue careers in the field, reading Psychology at university and working within clinical, occupational, sport or educational psychology.

Psychology scientifically explores human thought, feelings and behaviour. It makes an important contribution to pupils’ full development as individual members of a dynamic and ever changing society. Psychology provides a means of understanding and evaluating man’s interrelationships with each other and how the physical environment may have contributed to this. Working through a number of topics, students develop a deeper understanding about the ways in which behaviour can be interpreted and explained. The subject instils skills in research, analysis, communication and organisation that go well beyond the value of the material covered.

Fourth and Fifth Form

Pupils in these year groups undertake a programme of five lessons every two weeks, each lasting one hour. In the Fourth Form pupils follow topics including:

  • Memory
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Development of personality
  • Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
  • Research methods

In the Fifth Form pupils follow topics including:

  • Learning
  • Social influence
  • Sex and gender
  • Aggression
  • Research methods

Head of Psychology: Miss K J Rogers 

Trips, Activities and Extension

The Psychology department runs a number of extra-curricular events and trips including guest speakers, workshops; lunchtime academic club, and curriculum enhancing visits to various places of interest. 

Trip to Bristol Zoo

Fourth Form pupils go on an annual trip to Bristol Zoo for workshops and lectures on animal learning and phobias.

Psychology AOB

There is a Psychology club during AOB in which the students select articles from the news and media to research and discuss the everyday application of psychology.