GCSE Psychology

GCSE Psychology

Psychology helps us to develop an understanding of self and others and this can then assist us to explain everyday social phenomena. Some people define Psychology as the “Science of the mind”.


You will develop an understanding of the relationship between psychology and personal, moral, social and cultural issues. This leads to the question of ethical issues and how psychological research is conducted, including the role of scientific method and data analysis. Also recognising how psychology contributes to society through individual, social and cultural diversity.


GCSE will introduce you to the fundamentals of psychology, and help you to develop critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills.


Entry Requirements 
A good grasp of English is useful to meet the demands of essay writing. Students will be required to use specialist vocabulary, understand psychological concepts, terminology and convention to explain their findings.

Alternative study: GCSE Sociology and A-level Psychology


Course Content

Cognition and behaviour

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research Methods


Social context and behaviour

  • Social Influence
  • Language, thought and communication
  • Brain and neuropsychology
  • Psychological problems


Exams at the end of Year 2: Two exam papers, each of one hour and 45 minutes.

Paper 1: Cognition and behaviour                   50% of the GCSE
Paper 2: Social context and behaviour            50% of the GCSE