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Studying Psychology at Bloxham School

Psychology is the study of the mind and how it works, and of a wide range of individual and social behaviours.  Studying the subject at A Level offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of a variety of topical psychological issues.

Psychology in the Sixth Form

The course follows the AQA (A) specification.

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and includes many sub-fields of study in areas such as human development, sports, health, clinical, social behaviour and cognitive processes. Psychology is a popular subject which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable abilities, including critical evaluation and analysis, independent thinking and research. 

An A Level in Psychology can be the starting point of a career within a specialist area of Psychology or can feature in a range of A Levels forming the basis for application to university to study just about any course from Business to Medicine. 

The A Level course has eight compulsory content modules taught in year one, and three choice modules taught in year two, which are Agression, Cognition and Development, and Eating Disorders. There are three examinations, each two hours long, with ninety-six marks available per paper. There is no coursework component. 

Students experience a range of learning centred teaching, including; social experiments, presentations, discussions, flipped learning, source based work (including film and media) and also note taking.

In addition to the academic benefits of studying Psychology, students find that the course enhances their understanding of the thoughts and behaviours of both themselves and others around them, as well as helping with revision strategies, learning and time management.