Psychology

Staffing of the department

Mr Collins – Teacher of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour.  Psychologists conduct investigations and case studies to find out more about the way people act and interact. This qualification offers an introduction to the fundamentals of Psychology, developing critical analysis, independent thinking, research skills and data handling.  


Aims of the curriculum

This GCSE in Psychology will encourage students to: 

  • use specialist vocabulary, psychological concepts, terminology and convention to engage in the process of psychological enquiry 
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of psychology, developing an understanding of self and others, and how psychological understanding can help to explain everyday social phenomena 
  • understand how psychological research is conducted, including the role of scientific method and data analysis 
  • present information, develop arguments and draw conclusions through a critical approach to psychological evidence, developing as reflective thinkers 
  • develop an understanding of the relationship between psychology and personal, moral, social and cultural issues, and develop an understanding of ethical issues in psychology 
  • develop an understanding of psychological issues, the contribution of psychology to individual, social and cultural diversity, and how psychology contributes to society.

Course Content

This course is divided into eight units

Paper 1: Cognition and behaviour

  1. Memory Processes of memory, structures of memory, memory as an active process, accuracy of memory
  1. Perception Sensation and perception, theories of perception, factors affecting perception
  1. Development Piaget’s theories and the effects of learning on development
  1. Research methods Data handling, experimental design, statistical analysis

Paper 2: Social context and behaviour

  1. Social influence Conformity, obedience, prosocial behavior, crowd and collective behaviour
  1. Language, thought and communication Language and thought, human and animal communication, non-verbal communication, explanations of non-verbal behaviour
  1. Brain and neuropsychology The nervous system, neuron structure and function, structure and function of the brain, introduction to neuropsychology
  1. Psychological problems Introduction to mental health, depression, addiction

Assessment

Paper 1: Cognition and behaviour

  • • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 
  • • 100 marks 
  • • 50% of GCSE

Questions will be in the form of multiple choice, short answer, and extended writing.

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

Paper 2: Social context and behaviour

  • • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 
  • • 100 marks 
  • • 50% of GCSE

Questions will be in the form of multiple choice, short answer, and extended writing.

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.


Associated Careers/Progression

The GCSE in Psychology provides a good foundation for continuing this field of study to A-level. Many of the topics, concepts and theories will be revisited at A-level, added to and developed further.

There are many different career paths available to those who pursue psychology as a course of study, which include, but are not limited to psychologist, psychotherapist, social worker, counsellor, educational psychologist, human resource manager, teacher, researcher. The analytical and evaluative skills developed during this course will be attractive attributes within a range of fields in the jobs market as well as for future and further study.


Links to useful sites for KS4 students, parents and members of the public

Psychology GCSE AQA Specification