The scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context.

This is a vast and interesting subject taught at GCSE level across year 9, 10 and 11. If you are interested in studying this please speak to your form tutor for further information and attend the annual options evening for more information.

Please also click on the unit 1 and 2 links to the left of this page for unit topic headings.

‘Studying psychology is fun because you’re always looking for the same things I think a writer should be looking for, which is the story behind the story’.
(Chris Cleave)

What is Psychology GCSE about?

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. As a psychology student, you will be learning to explain everyday behaviours such as why it’s easy to remember what happened in Eastenders last night, but difficult to remember what you did in your History lesson!

What are Psychology lessons like?

Psychology lessons offer a variety of learning experiences. Lessons are often taught by replicating research, discussions, video clips or by working in groups or pairs.

Psychology is considered a science, and as such, students will be expected to draw on their experiences from GCSE science in being able to talk about the use of experiments in research.

What does the course consist of?

The psychology course consists of topics including the following:

  • Research methods
  • Memory
  • Social influence
  • Language and communication

What jobs can I get with GCSE Psychology?

It is a useful subject for any career which requires an understanding of people and how their minds work, such as education, medicine, business as well as many others.

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