The social sciences offer equal promise for improving human welfare; our lives can be greatly improved through a deeper understanding of individual and collective behavior. But to realize this promise, the social sciences, like the natural sciences, need to match their institutional structures to today's intellectual challenges.`` ~ Nicholas A. Christakis

Mrs S. Thomas

Head Of Psychology

Subject Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences our behaviour, from communication and memory to thought and emotion.

It’s about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today.

As a science psychology functions as both a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice, one dedicated to the study of human behaviour – and the thoughts, feelings, and motivations behind it – through observation, measurement, and testing, in order to form conclusions that are based on sound scientific methodology.

Here at Shire Oak we aim to help to describe and explain human and animal behaviour, predict patterns of behaviour and suggest changes applicable to self, others and society as a result of your psychological understanding.


Mrs Thomas – Director of Learning Social Sciences
Mrs Sanghera – Subject Leader for Health and Social Care and Child Development
Mr Pearson – Social sciences teacherĀ 
Miss Khalil – Social sciences teacherĀ 
Mrs Saunders – Social sciences teacher


Clinical psychologist
Counselling psychologist
Education mental health practitioner
Educational psychologist
Forensic psychologist
Further education teacher
Health psychologist
Occupational psychologist
Psychological wellbeing practitioner
Sport and exercise psychologist
Advice worker
Careers adviser
Dance movement psychotherapist
Education consultant
Human resources officer
Play therapist
Policy officer
Social researcher