Social science A-Level For 16-19 Year Olds

A Level Psychology

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The scientific study of the human mind, its functions, and subsequent behaviour. We cover a range of topics including memory, attachment, social behaviour, and psychopathology.



Grade 5 in GCSE Science (in particular Biology) and grade 5 in GCSE Maths required. Grade 5 in English Language is preferred.

Why study A Level Psychology at Blackpool Sixth?

Currently, our students are participating in contemporary psychological research with several universities across the country. Additionally, we support students who wish to explore their own areas of interest in psychology through the extended project qualification. The psychology department is dedicated to providing students with hands-on experience in selected key areas studied in the course. For example, students visit the Baby Lab at Lancaster University to help them gain insight into how research is conducted with infants and children, which allows them to see the practical applications of the subject.

How will I be taught?

Diverse range of teaching methods including:

  • Collaborative learning
  • Independent learning
  • Flipped learning
  • Presentations
  • Online learning via Google Classroom
  • Peer teaching

What skills will I develop?

  • Essay writing
  • Developing an argument with justification
  • Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Team work
  • Presentation skills
  • Evaluating sources
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How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via 100% examination comprising of three two-hour examinations at the end of the second year.

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What will you study and other information about A Level Psychology

Where does it lead?

Psychology can help to prepare you for a wide range of higher education courses and careers. For example, psychology is useful for all types of teaching, nursing and social work. It can also lead to a career as a research scientist, or as a practitioner in fields such as clinical, forensic, educational, occupational, health and counselling psychology. A number of our former students have progressed in a range of diverse areas; for example, one student conducted published research and won the Ig Nobel Prize for her work, entitled ‘Creatures of the Night: Chronotypes and the Dark Triad Traits’ into the field of psychopathology. Another alumni student has been recently selected to complete a graduate teaching assistant post in the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University, her research is entitled ‘Increasing adherence to chronic disease rehabilitation’. She will be working to develop a pilot treatment programme for cardiac rehabilitation and COPD patients, underpinned by psychological theory, with the aim of increasing treatment adherence and encouraging patients to maintain healthier lifestyles in the long-term.

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