Headteacher: Mr Inman

Psychology

GCSE Psychology provides a sound understanding of psychological theories to explain human behaviour and the research methods used to explore it. 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, 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, Journalism and Psychology itself.

 

You will be challenged to answer questions such as:

  • How do we read body language?
  • What factors affect the accuracy of eye witness testimony?
  • Would the average person kill someone else just because they were told to?
  • Where does our personality come from, are we born with it or do we learn it?
  • Is it acceptable to harm participants if it helps us understand atrocities such as the holocaust?
  • Why do we forget things in examinations and what can we do to prevent this?

 

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.

 

 

 

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