GCSE Psychology

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Psychology GCSE – a brief overview

The study of psychology is a fascinating journey through the hows and whys of human behaviour.  Our engaging course will cover interesting topics such as Body Language, Prejudice, Conformity and Gender roles, to name but a few.

Each lesson of the GCSE Psychology course begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study.

Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions, and a large number of simply drawn and easy-to-copy illustrations. There are eleven tutor-marked assignments, including one practice exam paper.

No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed or required.

Psychology GCSE subject Content

The course covers the entire syllabus in ten modules:

  • Introduction to Psychology

    • What is Psychology?
    • Different Approaches to Psychology
    • Research in Psychology
  • Memory

    • Memory
    • Forgetting and Eyewitness Testimony
  • Non-verbal Communication

    • Non Verbal Communication
    • Body Language
  • Development of Personality

    • Personality Development
    • Anti-social Personality Disorder
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination

    • Forming Impressions
    • Prejudice
  • Learning

    • Conditioning
    • Applications of Learning Theory
  • Aggression

    • Explanations of Aggression
    • Reducing Aggression
  • Social Influence

    • Conformity, Obedience,Social Loafing and Deindividuaation
    • Bystander Intervention
  • Sex and Gender

    • Sex and Gender
    • Gender Roles
  • Research Methods

    • Methods of Investigation
    • Methods of Control
    • Ethical Considerations

The Psychology Specification

Our GCSE Psychology courses prepare students for AQA 4180 examinations in 2017 and later years.

We have chosen this specification as best suited to distance learning.


Psychology GCSE Examinations

There are two written exams each worth 50% of the overall marks.

  • Paper 1 – Making Sense of Other People – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper 2 -Understanding Other People – 1 hour 30 minutes

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