Key Stage







Valid for

2018 - 2019







Course Content & Assessment

In Year 10 and 11 students acquire knowledge and understanding of how psychology works, the differing approaches and perspectives which provide contrasting explanations for why individuals behave in specific ways. They will also develop an awareness of the relationship between psychology and social, cultural, scientific and contemporary issues. There are two components – studies and applications in psychology 1 and 2, which include the key themes with core studies and the research process in psychological investigations. As part of the research method unit, they will learn to apply ethical guidelines to core studies and are encouraged to carry out their own practical activities and investigations. Throughout the course students will study a variety of topics; criminal psychology, development, psychological problems, social influence, memory, sleep and dreaming.

Subject Information
GCSE Psychology aims to engage students in the process of psychological enquiry so that they can develop as critical and reflective thinkers. This is one of the more challenging GCSEs and would appeal to those who are highly motivated and enjoy the critical exploration of psychological research and approaches. The aim of psychology is to understand the motivation, causation and patterns in human behaviour. Psychology contains competing perspectives and ideas on the causes and factors which effect behaviour so you will learn to explain behavioural trends from different approaches by looking at psychological studies and research. Students who select this option will investigate research and acquire an understanding of crime and criminality, development, mental health issues and problems which individuals face, the influence of authority figures and group behaviour on individual’s behaviour, patterns of sleep and dreaming and the ways in which psychological research can be carried out.

Students choosing Psychology must have a minimum target grade of 6 in English Language in order to access the course content.
You do not have to study Psychology GCSE to select the Psychology A-Level Course

Studies and Applications in Psychology 1:
Criminal Psychology; Development; Psychological Problems; Research Methods
50% of the course, 90 marks, 1 hour 30 exam
Studies and Applications in psychology 2:
Social Influence; Memory; Sleep and Dreaming; Research Methods
50% of the course, 90 marks, 1 hour 30

RE at QE school has really influenced my thoughts and opinions on certain subjects and issues that I previously had not given much thought to. At GCSE we study the beliefs of different religions and their viewpoints, and explore ethical issues, such as should the death penalty be used as punishment? When I first started at QE I lacked confidence in sharing my thoughts and opinions in lessons. RE has helped me grow in confidence with developing these skills and I thoroughly enjoy the subject. RE at GCSE is thought provoking and challenging, developing useful written skills that help me with my other subjects and has encouraged me to share my ideas to my peers.
Joshua Hatchard - Lancaster House

Entry Criteria & Progression

Psychology provides a good foundation for progressing on to study Psychology at Post-16 as well as other related subjects such as Biology, Health & Social Care, Child Development, Sociology and PE.

Route A: Grade 6 in GCSE Psychology or Sociology or Health and Social Care Route B: Grade 6 in English Language

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