Psychology

Psychology GCSE

Your brain is the most complex device in existence and having knowledge of its function is important in determining human behaviour within society. To study psychology you need a keen interest in uncovering how the human mind works and the ways in which this will influence human behaviour within society. Studying psychology will help you understand language acquisition; why some people suffer from mental health disorders and others do not; obedience and conformity within society; the structure and function of neurons in determining differences in humans and an ability to design, plan and undertake research with statistical analysis.

Examination Board & Specification: GCSE AQA Psychology 8182 Assessment method: 100% examination.

Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing/essays to assess knowledge, understanding, application and evaluation skills

Overview of Course Year 10 and 11
Paper 1Paper 3
Autumn Year 1 Introduction of GCSE Psychology Memory Development
Spring Year 1 Perception Research methods
Summer Year 1 Perception Research methods Language, thought and communication Social Influence
Autumn Year 2 Brain and neuropsychology Psychological problems
Spring Year 2 Brain and neuropsychology Psychological problems
Summer Year 2 Revision and Exams – all papers

Psychology A level

This course will suit you if you have an interest in human behaviour and the motives behind our behaviour, are literate and articulate and are prepared to ask questions and contribute to discussions. You need to have a critical, enquiring mind, accept that human behaviour can be studied scientifically and believe that an understanding of human psychology can be put into practice to help improve the lives of individuals and groups in society.

Examination Board & Specification: Advanced Level GCE Edexcel 9PS0 Assessment method: 100% examination.

Mixed question types, including stimulus and data response, short-answer and extended response questions.

Overview of Course

In the first year, you will study four approaches (Social, Cognitive, Biological and Learning) to gain a foundation in psychology. During the second year, you will be able to develop your understanding through selection of a choice of applications including Child and Clinical Psychology.

You need to develop a holistic understanding of Psychology, from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of clinical issues, major debates, scientific elements and genetics to research materials and statistics. This will form the foundations for Paper 3 (A Level), which focuses on issues, debates and skills in Psychology.

Year 12 and 13
Paper 1Paper 2Paper 3
Autumn Year 1 Introduction to A level Psychology Social/Cognitive/learning and Biological
Spring Year 1 Social/Cognitive/learning and Biological.
Summer Year 1 Clinical psychology and child psychology
Autumn Year 2 Clinical psychology and child psychology
Spring Year 2 Revision and Exams all papers
Summer Year 2 Exams – all papers
Subject Related Career Destinations

Health, Education, Medicine, Clinical Psychiatry, Journalism, Health, Law, Social Work, the Police Force, Psychiatry, Business

Destinations of Students

Durham University: Psychology and Forensic Science
Edinburgh University: Psychology and Philosophy
Keele University: Criminology
Cardiff University: Dentistry