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Course Summary

GCSE Psychology provides a sound understanding of psychological theories used to explain human behaviour and the research methods used to explore the. It can be studied at GCSE only, or in preparation for A-level Psychology. Psychology involves evaluative skills which can be applied to a range of subjects at both GCSE and A-level (e.g. History, English, Science, Religious Studies and Business). These evaluative skills are highly valued by universities and employers alike. Studying Psychology could lead to a career in Medicine, Business, Law or Journalism in addition to Psychology.

What is psychology?

Psychology is the study of human mind and behaviour.

Where does our personality come from?

Are we born with it or do we learn it?

What factors affect the accuracy of eye witness testimony?

How do we read body language? How do we explain barbaric human acts?

How will students be assessed?

Outline of the specification:

Unit 1: Making sense of other people

  • Memory
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Development of Personality
  • Research Methods
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination

Unit 2: Understanding Other People

  • Learning
  • Social Influence
  • Sex and Gender
  • Aggression
  • Research Methods

Both units are assessed through two 90 minute examination papers at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework.