Head of Department: Mrs L Irvine -

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Studying the subject at GCSE introduces learners to the main areas of the discipline including biological, cognitive, behavioural and psychodynamic approaches. Psychologists use their knowledge to understand why people behave in the way they do. In particular it enables us to debate key questions such as ‘are our behaviours shaped by our nature or nurture?’ and ‘do we really have free will?’ The subject enables learners to develop the skills to apply theoretical psychological knowledge to the world around them, and also enables them to develop an insight into their own behaviours and of those around them. 

Psychology is a fascinating course and is relevant when considering further study into higher education or a career working with others. Career opportunities include forensic psychology, health psychology, occupational psychology, educational psychology and other sectors of work such as education, policing and social work.  

Psychology is not taught at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), but is available as a study option for Key Stage 4.

Curriculum Map - Psychology

GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)

Year 10 - 11 (2018-19) Course Title: GCSE Psychology

Exam Board & Code: OCR J203    Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)

Assessment is by examination only:

Paper 1: 
1 Hour 30 Minutes (90 marks)
Psychological problems, criminal behaviour, development and research methods.

Paper 2:
1 Hour 30 Minutes (90 marks)
Memory, social influence, sleep and dreaming with research methods.

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