Taste of psychology for pupils

School pupils hoping to pursue a career in Psychology have been given a helping hand at the University of Wolverhampton.
More than 30 sixth form students from St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College in Walsall visited the University’s Psychology department to discover what studying the subject would involve. The AS level and A2 level students took part in an experiment using heart rate monitors and measured examination stress, and carried out statistical analysis of the data. They also produced posters to illustrate the day’s activities, with prizes going to the best group.
The aim of the visit was to help students make the transition from school or college to higher education. University staff met with teachers from five local schools in September last year and developed a plan to offer experiences to students to encourage them to go on to university.
Ms Nicola Derrer, Senior Psychology Lecturer and Open Day Co-ordinator, said: “Throughout the day the students got to experience the University’s facilities and get to grips with Psychology experimental equipment in our laboratories. The students enjoyed the day and experienced something different than A-Level Psychology can offer. We hope this has enhanced or ignited their interest in Psychology.
“We are expecting these events to grow over the coming 12 months and already have four schools who wish to do these activity days with us.”
Anyone who is interested in getting their school involved can contact the Psychology Marketing Administrator Karen Jolly on 01902 323406 or email karen.jolly@wlv.ac.uk

Further information

For more information, contact Vickie Woodward in the Press Office on 01902 322736 or 07973 335112.

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