What Is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. It is made up of many different topics. Perhaps a more helpful way of revealing the nature of psychology is to list some of the questions Psychologists have tried to answer: – Why do we forget? – What causes psychological problems such as phobias or schizophrenia? – What makes people follow orders of destructive authority figures like Adolf Hitler? – How does the brain make sense of information from the eye? – What are the developmental milestones of childhood?

Why study Psychology?

Psychology is playing an increasing role in many aspects of life & work. Careers involving Psychology are varied & include advertising, personnel management, teaching/training, clinical psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, criminology, counselling, to name but a few. Or, if you are simply interested in understanding aspects of human behaviour, then this subject may be of interest to you.

What will I learn about in psychology?

GCSE Psychology is taught over 2 units, one in Y9 & Y10 and the other in Y11.

What will you study?

  • Cognition and behaviour
  • Social context and behaviour
  • Memory
  • Social Influence
  • Perception
  • Language, Thought and Communication
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Brain and Neuropsychology
  • Psychological Problems

You will study Research Methods, Data Analysis and Ethics in all three years.


What are some of the skills I will gain?

  • Developing investigation and report writing skills
  • Encouraging an appreciation of how science works
  • Developing higher order thinking skills — such as analysing, comparing and evaluating.
  • Applying psychological concepts to real life


What skills will I need?

  • Good writing skills are essential for essay questions
  • Psychology is a science and so you must enjoy science subjects in order to do well in Psychology.
  • A good understanding of data analysis in mathematics.
  • A genuine interest in this subject is important otherwise you may find it difficult.
  • Psychology is not an easy option! Please talk to current Psychology students before taking this option.


How am I assessed?

100% exam.

  • Two exams at the end of Year 11.
  • Unit 1: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Unit 2: 1 hour 45 minutes

Each exam is made up of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. There is no coursework with this course.

Psychology Staff

Miss J Holcroft
Faculty Leader: Social Sciences

Mr M Conlin
Assistant Headteacher

Exam Board

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Revision Sites

Y9 Options Pathway

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Reminder: Y6 Transition Evening for prospective students - Wednesday 18th September 5pm & 6pm