Psychology – FAQ

GCSE

What are the aims of the course?

The aim of GCSE psychology is to begin understanding the Science of human behaviour. The GCSE Psychology course will cover many areas that will provide students with an insight to the subject and encourage their interest in investigating how the mind works.  Throughout the course students will also develop a number of transferable skills such as evaluation and application of knowledge, which will hopefully prepare them for future study. Students will also experience conducting scientific research, which will further embed their knowledge and understanding of psychology.

What assessments will I have to complete?

Students will complete learning checkpoints, consisting of short topic based exam questions. Then at the end of each unit, students will complete a common assessment which will be a lengthier test compiled of exam style questions covering the entire unit.

What is involved with the examination?

The examination process compiles two 1 hour 45 minute exams, unit 1 and unit 2. The Exams are worth a total of 100 marks, and each of the exams makes up 50% of the overall GCSE. Each exam will consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

What topics will I study?

Cognition and behaviour;

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

Social context and behaviour;

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

What skills will I develop?

The GCSE Psychology course will help you develop a range of skills that will benefit you, whether you decide to go on to further study or the working world, including:

Analytical thinking,  improved communication,  problem solving,  planning and conducting scientific investigations, which will really help them when analysing and interpreting data & critical reasoning skills. Conducting empirical research is usually a requirement during further study, and especially at degree level, so this course will give students a basic understanding of this process much earlier on.

What independent study will I have to undertake?

Students will be set homework each week on topics recently covered in lessons. In addition they are expected to revise for all Learning Checkpoints and Common Assessments.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?

Studying psychology at GCSE level, will lead on nicely to studying psychology Alevel and then onto degree level. This can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:  Marketing, Business development, Accountancy, Human resources, Forensic psychology, Occupational therapy, Clinical psychology, Nursing, Teaching.

AS & A Level

What are the aims of the course?

The aim is to equip students with a deeper insight into the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour whilst also developing a number of transferable skills including problem solving & evaluation to help prepare them for their future.

What assessments will I have to complete?

Students will complete learning checkpoints (short topic based assessments) and one summative assessment (AS level papers) each half term.

What is involved with the examination?

There are two exams sat in May at AS Level each worth 50% of your AS qualification. Each exam lasts 1 hour 30 minute exams and is worth 72 marks. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

At A Level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A Level. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 96 marks each. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended.

What subject will I study?

Students will study six topics at AS level including Cognitive Psychology, Approaches, Biopsychology and Research Methods.

A further four topics are covered at A Level (Issues & Debates, Gender, Schizophrenia & Forensic Psychology)

What skills will I develop?

The AS and A-level Psychology will help you develop a range of skills that will benefit you, whether you decide to go on to further study or the working world, including:

analytical thinking,  improved communication,  problem solving,  planning and conducting scientific investigations, analysing and interpreting data & critical reasoning skills

What independent study will I have to undertake?

Students will be set homework each week on topics recently covered in lessons. In addition they are expected to revise for all Learning Checkpoints and Summative Assessments.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?

Studying psychology at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:  Marketing, Business development, Accountancy, Human resources, Forensic psychology, Occupational therapy, Clinical psychology, Nursing

Teaching.