Psychology

Summary

Why do some people go out of their way to help others? Are you a lark or a night owl? Why do some twins have different personalities? These are some of the questions that will be explored in this engaging and thought-provoking course!

You will be introduced to influential theories in psychology, in areas such as memory, social influence, personality (and its existence) and early childhood attachment. You will also look at the research methodology used to generate evidence to support or challenge different approaches. These areas will be studied with reference to ongoing debates in psychology, and you will be able to apply your new knowledge to yourself, those around you and to real world situations and events.

This course is designed for students who enjoy thinking critically about information presented to them, and debating about different explanations for human behaviour, exploring ethical issues around experimental psychology and re-examining what the mind can do, all whilst studying this ever-evolving subject.

How will this course be taught?

The course will be taught by one or more tutors and will consist of approximately 20 hours of teaching per week. This will include lectures, presentations by students and essay writing, and one or more keynote plenaries to be given by Oxford academics. The students will also be encouraged to actively participate in class tutorial discussions. We are confident that, in addition to developing a deeper understanding of the subject, such interactive learning will enhance students’ language and communication skills, develop critical thinking and build confidence.

Are excursions and activities included?

Yes! Although the key focus of our programmes is academic development, it will not just be work and study! We want our students to take back many happy memories. All our students will enjoy visits to places in and outside Oxford, and join various social and extra-curricular activities alongside a diverse range of cultural experiences.

Who should attend this course?
  • Students doing GCSEs/O-levels/A-levels or equivalent
  • Students planning to study psychology at university level
  • Anyone interested in psychology and behaviour
Requirements
  • English proficiency equivalent to IELTS level 5.0 (modest user) or above (IELTS test certificate/score is not required)