teaching

Don’t jump ship!
New approaches in teaching mental health to undergraduates

We hope that the articles in this special issue have convinced you of the need to move beyond diagnosis. Peter Campbell and Rufus May have outlined some alternative...

Why do you want to study psychology? This is a question that most readers will have been asked to consider at some point in time. I suspect that the answers given were not dissimilar to those of today’s prospective students, namely around being interested in people and...

High-quality science A-level
Good for students, universities and the discipline

Martin Conway
(University of Leeds, and Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Research Board)

In the mid-1990s psychology became the most...

The cookbook approach
A recipe for disaster?

From small beginnings in the 1970s, A-level psychology developed gradually during the 1980s and 90s, and then took off dramatically with Curriculum 2000, which split A-levels into an AS year and an A2...

Teaching A-level psychology
Myth and reality

As an A-level psychology teacher of many years’ standing, it’s good to get this opportunity to address an audience of higher-education academics and practitioners. Allow me to get my red pen out to...

Who nurtures the nurturer?

Although psychology at post-16 level has been around since the early 1970s, it has largely existed in isolation from mainstream academic and applied psychology, and the course of its development has passed under the radar of...

In February this year the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) allocated funding for Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Psychology for the very first time. This is a brand new PGCE programme for trainee psychology teachers, recognising the growing...