Psychology GCSE

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GCSE Psychology

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What is GCSE Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal behaviour, and psychologists are interested in trying to discover why people behave the way they do, whether these behaviours are normal or abnormal. By using scientific methods, we attempt to explain how the mind works and why people behave in the way that they do.
Psychology is the study of thought and behaviour, a wide field of study which investigates the backgrounds of human behaviour. Psychology is a science and as such it balances scientific rigour with a flexibility and creativity of approach not found in older sciences.

Why study this course?

Psychology at GCSE provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of how psychology works; its essential role in society and through this, an awareness of why psychology matters.

What can you expect from this course?

You will develop a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

How is it assessed?

Two exams

What are the entry requirements?

It is an ideal subject to take if you are planning on any career which involves extensive interaction with other people. Psychology is not just an academic subject, but a life skill – what could be more important than understanding other people?

What 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

Additional activities within this subject

Opportunities for trips and visits


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