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GCSE Psychology

Throughout this GCSE Psychology course students will become acquainted with a variety of different units including social, criminal and developmental psychology. This course is perfect for anyone looking to achieve a GCSE in Psychology to enhance their knowledge of a complex and interesting subject and gain an internationally recognised qualification.

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The Specification

Qualification aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:
• use specialist vocabulary, psychological concepts, terminology and convention to engage in the process of psychological enquiry
• acquire knowledge and understanding of psychology, developing an understanding of self and others, and how psychological understanding can help to explain everyday social phenomena
• understand how psychological research is conducted, including the role of scientific method and data analysis
• present information, develop arguments and draw conclusions through a critical approach to psychological evidence, developing as reflective thinkers
• develop an understanding of the relationship between psychology and personal, moral, social and cultural issues, and develop an understanding of ethical issues in psychology
• develop an understanding of psychological issues, the contribution of psychology to individual, social and cultural diversity, and how psychology contributes to society.


Paper 1
55% | Topics 1-5 | 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Paper 2
45% | Choice of two topics from 6-10 and topic 11 | 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Course content 

Included in this GCSE Psychology course are the
following units:

• Topic 1: Development – How did you develop?
• Topic 2: Memory – How does your memory work?
• Topic 3: Psychological problems – How would psychological problems affect you?
• Topic 4: The brain and neuropsychology – How does your brain affect you?
• Topic 5: Social influence – How do others affect you?
• Topic 6: Criminal psychology – Why do people become criminals?
• Topic 7: The self – What makes you who you are?
• Topic 8: Perception – How do you interpret the world around you?
• Topic 9: Sleep and dreaming – Why do you need to sleep and dream?
• Topic 10: Language, thought and communication
– How do you communicate with others?
• Topic 11: Research methods – How do you carry
out psychological research?

Reading List

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Psychology Student Book
By Christine Brain, Karren Smither and Anna Cave
Published by Pearson

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