GCSE Psychology

Why study GCSE Psychology?

What makes people behave the way they do? How do people function physically and mentally? If you are interested in finding out the answers to questions like these, then choose to study Psychology. Psychology will help you to understand the different views and explanations which have been put forward to answer these questions. Psychology is a subject relevant to everyone's daily life, which is why it has become so popular with students. GCSE Psychology is a good foundation for study of the subject at A/AS Level and beyond. It is also a subject which would be useful in most careers.

The Specification

EDX Psychology 2PS01


5PS01 Perception and dreaming  1 hour 15 min  40%
5PS02 Social and Biological Psychological Debates  1 hour 45 min  60%

Course content


5PS01 Perception and dreaming
Topic A: How do we see our world? This topic focuses on perception and illusions, drawing on biological and cognitive psychology.
Topic B: Is dreaming meaningful? This topic addresses Freud's dream theory and the theory of activation synthesis.

5PS02 Social and Biological Psychological Debates
Topic C: Do TV and video games affect young people's behaviour? This topic covers causes of aggression including psychological and social causes.
Topic D: Why do we have phobias? This topic considers social learning, conditioning and evolutionary causes of phobias.
Topic E: Are criminals born or made? This topic considers proposed biological and social causes of criminality.

Reading List

Brain, Russell and Smith  Edexcel GCSE Psychology: Student Book  Pearson