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Psychology GCSE

COURSE SUMMARY SHEET

 

SUBJECT

Psychology

LEVEL

GCSE

EXAM BOARD

AQA

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

  • No entry requirements

 

GCSE Psychology is a two year course, with the exam sat at the end of the two years.

Paper One: Cognition and behaviour (50%)

  • 1. Memory
  • 2. Perception
  • 3. Development
  • 4. Research methods

Paper Two: Social context and behaviour (50%)

  • 1. Social influence
  • 2. Language, thought and communication
  • 3. Brain and neuropsychology
  • 4. Psychological problems

 

10 KEY POINTS ABOUT THE COURSE

1. Psychology is a facilitating subject – this means that top universities have classified it as an academic subject that employers and universities respect highly.

 

2. At GCSE Level you will study a variety of topics including Memory, Attachment, Social Influence and Psychopathology (mental disorders).

 

3. At A Level you will revisit the above subjects, which is great if you have enjoyed them & want to develop your skills.

 

4. The Psychology exam is made up of multiple-choice, short answer questions and longer essay style questions giving everybody a chance of achieving a good grade.

 

5. Key debates and issues for discussion in Psychology will include “Why do people obey authority figures?”, “How accurate is eye-witness testimony?”, “How can early attachment affect development in later life?” and “How do different Psychological perspectives explain phobias?”

 

6. Other key debates and issues for discussion in Psychology will include “What stages of development do infants go through from birth?”, “Why do people develop eating disorders?”, and “Why do people commit crimes?”

 

7. Psychology is 100% exam based, however, students will be expected to carry out group work, presentations and individual research projects throughout the course in order to build up relevant skills needed for the exam and beyond.

 

8. To study Psychology you should be interested in the mind and behaviour, focusing on why different people may behave in certain ways. There are many opposing theories within the subject so it is important that you can produce a well-balanced argument using evidence to back up your points.

 

9. Psychology is classed as a social science, meaning it goes well with a variety of other subjects such as Sociology, History and Biology. Due to aspects of the course focusing on forensics and criminology, Psychology also goes well with Law and Chemistry. 

 

10. As Psychology is such a broad subject it can be applied to almost any career relating to people and behaviour. More Specific Psychology careers include being an Educational Psychologist (working with children who may struggle with school and learning), a Sport Psychologist (ensuring sportsmen/women are mentally ready to compete) and a Psychiatrist (providing therapy to those with mental health issues such as depression).

 

Who should you see if you have further questions?

Please talk to Mrs Willson