Extra events get psychology students thinking15 December 2016
A-level Psychology students from City and Islington Sixth Form College were asked ‘what is normal?’ when they visited the Wellcome Foundation earlier this term.
Students attended a discussion on mental health between Anne Cooke, a consultant clinical psychologist and lecturer from Canterbury Christ Church University, David O’Flynn, a consultant psychiatrist and Peter Beresford OBE, Emeritus professor of social policy at Brunel University.
On 29 November students were also challenged to think about approaches to offender behaviour management when Dr Emma Holdsworth from Coventry University visited the Sixth Form College.
Piers Mallam, Head of Psychology at the Sixth Form College, thinks activities such as trips and talks from visiting academics have an important impact on how students think about their subject: “The challenge students get from engaging with outside academics at a high level really pushes them to think in ways that are necessary if they are to achieve the highest grades.”
Student feedback from both events was very positive and more activities are planned for 2017.