Psychology GCSE

The course

Psychology is the study of mind, brain and behaviour. This course will appeal to students who enjoy exploring issues with regard to how and why people behave the way they do, and who enjoy planning and carrying out investigations. Prospective students should be aware that Psychology is not an easy option. At GCSE level an introduction to core theories, concepts and research studies is provided, together with an understanding and appreciation of the scientific nature of Psychology, and of the relationship between the subject and its application to contemporary society.

Students receive 3 hours of tuition per week. The subject material is taught across all three terms. The summer term, though, focuses more on revision and examination techniques. Regular timed assignments and homework mean that students consolidate their knowledge and understanding of units B541, B542, and B543 throughout the course.

How is the course assessed?

Unit B541 · Studies and Applications in Psychology 1

1 hour 15 minute exam, 40% weighting

In this unit students study the following areas:

  • Biological Psychology: Sex and gender
  • Cognitive Psychology: Memory
  • Developmental Psychology: Attachment
  • Social Psychology: Obedience
  • Individual Differences: Atypical behaviour

Unit B542 · Studies and Applications in Psychology 2

1 hour 15 minute exam, 40% weighting

In this unit students study the following areas:

  • Biological Psychology: Criminal behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology: Perception
  • Developmental Psychology: Cognitive development
  • Social Psychology: Non-verbal communication
  • Individual Differences: The self

Unit B543 · Research  in Psychology

1 hour exam, 20% weighting

In this unit students study the following areas:

  • Planning research
  • Doing research
  • Analysing research
  • Planning an investigation

Reading

OCR GCSE Psychology
By M. Billingham, D. Groves
Published by Heinemann, ISBN 9780435807702

Exam Board and Specification Codes

OCR Psychology J611 (legacy)