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Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and mind. As such, it is a subject that goes far beyond the curriculum. It enables us to understand current affairs, social dynamics and our own individual experiences. At A Level, Psychology develops critical analytical skills, problem solving and research skills, where a strong scientific evidence base lies at the heart. These skills are transferable to a wide range of university courses and careers.

Our Approach

We teach Psychology as part of our post-16 study programme, preparing students at A Level and for the International Baccalaureate. Our sessions are tailored to each student – from those who require additional support to achieve their predicted grades, to high ability students who are looking for an academic challenge to stretch them beyond the A Level curriculum.

We conduct an initial baseline assessment to evaluate which topics are a priority for the student. This informs how we plan a scheme of work for tutorials, which focus on developing both subject knowledge and exam skills. We track progress and adapt the tutorial schedule as our students approach public exams.

In addition to A Level tutoring, we offer university guidance and personal statement support. This has proven most helpful for students wishing to study the subject at university but have not studied Psychology at A Level. For Oxbridge applicants, we have dedicated subject specialists on hand to support with interview preparation.

Exam Boards

We have experienced teachers with knowledge of the following A Level exam boards:

  • AQA
  • Edexcel
  • OCR
  • International Baccalaureate

Many of our Psychology tutors are examiners for the main exam boards which ensures they are up to date with any curriculum changes and the nuances in critical exam technique.

Wider Reading

We encourage our students to engage with wider reading in Psychology. Our tutors have recommended the following resources for A Level students to explore:

  • Why is this pandemic referred to as a biopsychological emergency?
  • Where are the gaps in research to help communities recover?
  • What is an implicit bias in the context of racism and how can a society or culture maintain this bias?
  • How can large scale protests, such as Black Lives Matter, be described as emotion-focused and problem-focused?
  • What is confirmation bias?
  • How can confirmation bias be used to explain the polarisation of the distribution of political messages?
  • How can language create space?
  • Are people still needed in translation?
  • Will people still be needed for conversation? Is this positive or negative?