What we study in GCSE Psychology is pivotal to understanding human behaviour. In this course you will develop a greater appreciation for the drivers of behaviour and the thoughts and actions of those around you.
You will study diverse topics in psychology including how memory works, how the brain influences behaviour and how the influence of social groups can change individual behaviour. The options chosen allows for an exploration of criminal behaviour as well as sleep and dreaming.
Through this course you will develop your understanding of key theories, the role of research methods in testing theories as well as the ethical considerations involved in research. Teaching strategies will include group work, case studies and practical experiments. Uniquely, during the course you will be able to make clear links between the topics studied and behaviour you observe in everyday life.
This GCSE course is an excellent foundation for the IB Psychology course at Post 16.
Core Topics include:
The brain and neuropsychology
Sleep and dreaming
How will I be assessed? Paper 1 – Multiple choice, short and extended responses (1 hour 45 minutes) 55% of final marks. Paper 2 – Multiple choice, short and extended responses (1 hour 20 minutes) 45% of final marks.
Is this course for me?
You are curious about human behaviour
You want to understand people better
You will apply your English and Maths skills
Post 16 Pathways IB Psychology - This is diverse and interesting course where students will get to establish a deep understanding of the biological, cognitive and socio-cultural approaches in psychology. They will explore topics such as neuroplasticity, genetics and bias’ in thinking and decision making. The core content of the course builds on some of the key topics studied in the GCSE course. The course is assessed through two to three external examinations and one internal assessment which is a practical experiment.
For Further Information: Please see Ms Helen Law, Head of Psychology