What is Psychology?

GCSE Psychology expects that students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological ideas, processes, procedures and theories. They will be able to analyse and evaluate psychological ideas and make judgements on psychological procedures based on their reasoning and skills. Students will learn also to evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness and to show how psychological knowledge and ideas change over time. They will see the contribution of psychology to an understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity.

What will I study?

Students will study key aspects of cognition focusing on memory, perception and development. They will also explore research methods in Psychology including data handling. They will also look at how behaviour is effected by social influence, language and communication and the brain’s neuropsychology. Students will also investigate a range of psychological problems such as addiction and depression.

What will I gain from studying Psychology?

You will gain a good understanding of the research methods used in Psychology and the key case studies for a range of topics. You will also learn about the workings of the brain and how this is effected by social circumstances and a range of other factors. You will also learn about some aspects of mental health and available treatments for addiction and depression.

How is it assessed?

Unit Modules Weighting Format
1 Cognition and Behaviour 50% External Exam: 1 hour 45 mins
2 Social context and behaviour 50% External Exam: 1 hour 45 mins


Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?

You need an interest in the workings of the human mind, a scientific approach and a desire to know more about why the human brain functions as it does. Some ability to understand the nature of scientific experiment is also useful.


Is Psychology hard?

The subject is interesting but there is a lot to learn and you need to have scientific and literary skills to do well.