You will investigate learning as a mental process that leads to the acquisition of knowledge, development of new capacities and changed behaviours. As part of this, you will gain an understanding of the mechanisms of learning, the cognitive processes that affect readiness for learning, and how people learn informs both personal and social issues. In addition to this, you will use a biopsychosocial framework – a conceptual model which includes psychological and social factors in addition to biological factors in understanding a person’s mental state – to explore the nature of stress, simple phobia and a selected mental disorder.