What is Psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Studying psychology helps us to develop a better understanding of why people think and behave as they do.
Psychologists develop explanations and theories to help them to predict people’s behaviour in different situations. These theories or explanations are tested by psychologists using research studies and experiments. You will learn about the scientific nature of psychological research, including how it should be conducted, analysed and reported.
The intent for the Psychology curriculum is to ensure that our young psychologists are equipped with the necessary scientific knowledge, skills and vocabulary to develop a better understanding of themselves, the people around them and the wider world. The psychology curriculum will enable our learners to value the importance of Psychological research and will promote an awe-driven curiosity of the human body and mind. It will also develop their evaluative and analytical skills to never take things at face value ever again.
Psychology GCSE is made up of 8 topics. In each of these topics, students are introduced to some of the most famous psychology work of our time. The topics are:
- Research Methods
- Social Influence
- Language, Thought and Communication
- Brain and Neuropsychology
- Psychological Problems
Psychology GCSE is assessed by two examinations at the end of the GCSE in Year 11. Each paper is worth 100 marks and lasts 1 hours and 45 minutes.