The GCSE course is designed as an introduction to Psychology. It encourages you to explore some of the big questions from Psychology:
● Topic 1: Development – How did you develop?
● Topic 2: Memory – How does your memory work?
● Topic 3: Psychological problems – How would psychological problems affect you?
● Topic 4: The brain and neuropsychology – How does your brain affect you?
● Topic 5: Social influence – How do others affect you?
There are 2 additional optional units into an aspect of human behaviour and a compulsory unit of research methods. Whilst exploring these topics you will learn about different psychological theories to explain human behaviour; psychological research to support these theories; and research methods used within psychology.. You will develop your skills as a psychological researcher and learn how to evaluate psychological studies.
Level 2 course entry
The examination board for this course is Edexcel and assessment is through two examinations including multiple choice questions, short answer and open response questions. Both these exams will be taken in the summer.
There are no compulsory additional costs. However there is the opportunity to purchase the textbook.
GCSE Psychology is an excellent introduction to psychology and leads onto the A Level Psychology course if the entry requirements are met. Psychology bridges between the arts-based and the science-based subjects, allowing students to develop a range of different academic skills.