You will be studying a number of different topics within
psychology, all with a focus of learning about key concepts within psychology, theories which explain behaviour and studies which have been conducted to support theories. Students will often be working independently, with guidance from their teachers. Students might for example be creating a leaflet, user guide, poster etc. Students will also undertake group work, such as presentations, role-play.
Some examples of what you will be learning include: the
stages of sleep and why sleep is so important, alongside the theory of dreams. You will also find out about your memory, what the capacity of your short term memory (STM) is and why you forget. A key skill you will develop will be application, so you will be able to transfer your knowledge about theories to real life examples, for example Piaget’s theory of cognitive development and how his principles have been adapted to help Key Stage 1 - 4 teachers. You will also gain an insight into criminal psychology, looking at how criminal behaviour is measured and how personality factors be linked to criminal behaviour. Other topics covered include: psychological problems, social influence and research methods. You will be involved in conducting and planning research, to gain an insight into how psychologists actually investigate behaviours.
A minimum of five grade Ds or 3s at GCSE, or equivalent, including English Language, Maths and Science.
Particularly relevant to advanced courses in Psychology, but any Social Science courses such as, Sociology, Health and Social Care. Careers which focus strongly on effective interactions with others e.g. psychology, counselling, teaching, caring fields. Progression onto A Level Psychology will require a grade B/6 in GCSE Psychology.
What does the course combine well with?
Complementary subjects are Sociology, Health and Social
Care, Biology and Sport.