Studying Psychology for A-level will enable you to:

  • Select, organise and communicate relevant information in a variety of forms
  • Analyse and evaluate scientific knowledge and processes
  • Assess the validity, reliability and credibility of scientific information
  • Describe ethical, safe and skilful practical techniques and processes
  • Know how to make, record and communicate reliable, valid observations and measurement with appropriate precision and accuracy
  • Analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate the methodology, results and impact of experiments and investigations in a variety of ways
  • Recall and understand the major approaches in Psychology
  • Appreciate issues and debates related to each of the topics studied e.g., ethical issues, culture and gender bias, and the nature-nurture debate

A-level research

At Oxford High School, all Psychology students are asked to undertake a small scale research project in order to apply their skills in research methods. The research projects have in previous years taken place on a range of different areas in Psychology such as the ‘halo and horns effect’, ‘conformity when judging sweets in a jar’, ‘ability to concentrate under the influence of different types of music’, whether there is evidence for similarities in level of attractiveness in married couples, called ‘the matching hypothesis’, ‘how music affects our mood’, as well as researching the potential existence of ‘gender stereotyping in children’s literature’.

 

What do our Psychology students say:

“If you’re the kind of person who catches themselves wondering why people act the way they do, Psychology is a great subject for you to take”

“Psychology really pushes your analytical and thinking skills”

“It is so interesting and relevant”

“Psychology gives you a very good starting point for so many different subjects, as the topics covered are so varied, most of which we can relate to”

“I think something I’ve definitely learned in Psychology was not to take everything at face value, and that there is rarely one reason for something”