Departmental Aims and National Curriculum Statement

The study of psychology develops an awareness of the variety and complexity of the human mind, human behaviour and human relationships. It promotes the understanding of self, other people and moral behaviour as well as looking at cultural differences and similarities.

Both the GCSE course and the A-level course provide students with the opportunity to acquire several transferable skills. Students will participate in a variety of tasks from conducting their own psychological research to discussing and debating at length several moral dilemmas and ethical issues that underpin all areas of psychology.

The course will help you develop a number of skills such as how to view the world around you from different perspectives, how to plan and conduct scientific investigations into human behaviour. How to analyse and interpret data, Critical reasoning skills and a strong set of communication skills to help put across your point of view fluently.

Psychology has links with biology, computer and forensic science, as well as humanities such as sociology, anthropology and philosophy. The mix of disciplines helps to make it a fascinating subject which can also provide a pathway into a range of careers.

Key Stage 4

Students begin the AQA Psychology GCSE course which consists of 2 units, both of which are externally assessed by means of two compulsory equally-weighted exam papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes.

Unit 1: Making Sense of Other People


Non-verbal communication

Development of personality

Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination

Research methods

Unit 2: Understanding Other People


Social influence

Sex and gender


Research methods

For Key Stage 4 options information, please click here.
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