Welcome To Psychology – An Introduction

Ideas and concepts from Psychology influence the way we think about and interact in our modern world. Its contribution to language and ideas have become central to our thinking. Our knowledge of human minds and behaviour is the result of extensive thinking and research stretching back to the early twentieth century and before.
Psychological discoveries inform many of our institutional practices, from criminal justice to educating our children, from managing emotional distress to social inclusiveness in our multicultural society. What is the nature of the Psychological research and practice that underpins these ideas? Scientific Psychology remains under development, it is a debate, not a fait accompli! Join us in exploring and contributing to that debate.

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone who is interested in the Science of Mind and Behaviour. No previous knowledge or experience is needed - just curiosity and an open mind!

What does this course cover

This brief course will outline and illustrate the 'Big Five' areas of Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Personality & Individual Differences, Developmental & Social Psychology, offering a broad insight into scientific research into the human brain and behaviour. At the end, you will take away some insights into the scope of Psychological interest and inquiry.

What will it be like

On this short interactive course ideas and concepts will be explained and illustrated with research studies. These will be shared in small group and whole class discussions - Psychological research indicates that learning from your peer group is highly effective!

Your Tutor will provide informal feedback on your progress in responses to questions, comments etc.

What else do you need to buy or do

Just bring yourself - and preferably an open an inquiring mind! You may wish to bring some note-taking materials. Active participation in class exercises and discussion is welcomed - it makes the experience richer for everyone!The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:


You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes

What this course could lead to

This is an introductory course which could lead to a number of other more specialist Psychology courses at the Mary Ward Centre (details in our new Prospectus). Some previous students have gone on to Access Courses, or study at a higher level e.g. at Birkbeck or one of the many other Higher Education institutions in London.

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Got a Question about this Course?

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’