Psychology

 

 

GCSE Psychology is a two-year course which aims to provide students with a sound understanding of the various methods and approaches in Psychology at an introductory level. Students will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of different topic areas which represent the core areas of Social, Cognitive, Developmental and Biological Psychology.

 

GCSE (Subject) will encourage students to:

  • Engage in the process of psychological enquiry to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • Develop an awareness of why psychology matters.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of how psychology works and its essential role in society.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between psychology and social, cultural, scientific and contemporary issues and its impact on everyday life.
  • Develop an understanding of ethical issues in psychology.
  • Develop an understanding of the contribution of psychology to individual, social and cultural diversity.
  • Develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods.

At Kenilworth School we teach the very popular AQA specification which is divided into 8 subtopics which taught across the two years of KS4:

Year 10

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research methods

Year 11

  • Social influence
  • Language, thought and communication
  • Brain and neuropsychology
  • Psychological problems

 

Assessment

The GCSE is assessed through two examinations which students will sit at the end of year 11. Students are not required to complete any coursework or controlled assessments for this GCSE.

Paper 1: Cognition and Behaviour

What is assessed:

  • Section A: Memory
  • Section B: Perception
  • Section C: Development
  • Section D: Research methods

 

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

How it is assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)

Paper 2: Social Context and Behaviour

What is assessed:

  • Section A: Social Influence
  • Section B: Language, thought and communication
  • Section C: Brain and neuropsychology
  • Section D: Psychological problems

 

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

How it is assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)

 

Possible careers having studied GCSE Psychology:

Clinical Psychologist

Counselling Psychologist

Educational Psychologist

Forensic Psychologist

Teacher

Health Psychologist

Occupational Psychologist