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The Psychology department at Tapton has two full time and one part time member of staff who are all subject specialists. Psychology is a very popular option and student numbers are high, for example we have over 100 students currently studying for AS alone. We consistently achieve good results. This year we achieved 59% A*-B at A2 and 70% of our current A2 students are carrying A-B from their AS studies. We follow the AQA Specification B course which allows our students to develop a sound understanding of the key approaches and classic psychological concepts during year 12, which is then followed by a year 13 programme which includes applied options in Forensic Psychology, Cognition and Law and Child development. Students are expected to take an active part in classroom discussion and to recognise the need for  independent study.