Psychology GCSE

Entry Qualifications

5 GCSEs grade 3-4 (D/C), consisting of at least two grade 4s and three grade 3s, including English Language, Maths and Science.

What will I study?

You will be studying a number of different topics within psychology, all with a focus of learning about key concepts within psychology, theories which explain behaviour and studies which have been conducted to support theories.

Some examples of what you will be learning include: the stages of sleep and why sleep is so important, alongside the theory of dreams. You will also find out about your memory, what the capacity of your short-term memory is and why you forget. A key skill you will develop will be application, so you will be able to transfer your knowledge about theories to real life examples, for example, Piaget’s theory of cognitive development and how his principles have been adapted to help Key stage 1 – 4 teachers. You will also gain an insight into criminal psychology, looking at how criminal behaviour is measured and how personality factors be linked to criminal behaviour.

Other topics covered include: psychological problems, social influence and research methods. You will be involved in conducting and planning research, to gain an insight into how psychologists actually investigate behaviours.

How will I study?

Students will often be working independently, with guidance from their teachers. Students might for example be creating a leaflet, user guide, poster etc. Students will also undertake group work, such as presentations, role- play.

How is the course examined?

The assessment comprises of 2 exams, each lasting 90 minutes and marked out of 90, at the end of the one-year course.

Where next?

Particularly relevant to advanced courses in psychology, but any social science courses such as, Sociology, Health and Social Care. Careers which focus strongly on effective interactions with others e.g. psychology, counselling, teaching, caring fields. Progression onto A Level Psychology will normally require a good pass in GCSE Psychology.

What does the course combine well with?

Complementary subjects are Sociology, Health and Social Care, Biology and Sport.