Examining Board: AQA

Aim of Course

This course builds on young people’s understanding of other people and themselves, in particular the answers to the following questions which they will face across their academic studies. Why do we forget certain information? Why can my friend remember more than I can? Why does my teacher always look me in the eye when talking to me? Why are people treated differently? Why do I get more moody than my friends?

Course Content:

Unit 1:

  • Topic 1: Development – How did you develop?
  • Topic 2: Memory – How does your memory work?
  • Topic 3: Psychological problems – How would psychological problems affect you?
  • Topic 4: The brain and neuropsychology – How does your brain affect you?
  • Topic 5: Social influence – How do others affect you?

Unit 2:

Topics 6 to 10 are optional; students must study two of them. Topic 11 is compulsory.

  • Topic 6: Criminal psychology – Why do people become criminals?
  • Topic 7: The self – What makes you who you are?
  • Topic 8: Perception – How do you interpret the world around you?
  • Topic 9: Sleep and dreaming – Why do you need to sleep and dream?
  • Topic 10: Language, thought and communication – How do you communicate with others?
  • Topic 11: Research methods – How do you carry out psychological research?

Method of Assessment:

There is no coursework for GCSE Psychology hence the exams are worth 100% of your total GCSE grade.

Paper 1 (55%): written exam 1 hour 45 minutes
Paper 2 (45%): written exam 1 hour 20 minutes

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects

A Level Psychology is also offered at Bentley Wood High School. Careers pursued by students of Psychology are varied and include such things as:

  • Medicine
  • Criminologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Educational Psychologist

Recommended Reading:

The following studies will be discussed in detail throughout the psychology course: