Psychology

Key Stage 4

What will I learn?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour. Students study theories about behaviour, key studies and research, as well as learning how to conduct their own experiments both at GCSE.
Students will learn key psychological content but will also gain skills such as analytical thinking, statistical measures and evaluation. The syllabus has been designed so that students can study subjects relevant to society today, whilst enabling them to develop an understanding of key psychological concepts. There are five sections to the course:

  • A) Perception: How do we see the world?
  • B) Is dreaming meaningful?
  • C) Does TV and Video games affect behaviour?
  • D) Why do we have phobias?
  • E) Are criminals born or made?

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by two external examinations at the end of Year 11.

  • Exam Unit one is one hour fifteen minutes, covers topics A and B and is worth 40% of the final mark.
  • Exam Unit two covers sections C, D and E and is worth 60% of the total mark. Passing grades can range from A*- G at GCSE level.

Course: GCSE Psychology
Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Specification Code: 2PS01

Specification

Key Stage 5

What will I study?
If you are interested in why people behave the way they do then Psychology is the subject for you.
During the 2 year course you will study:
Core Psychology – Standard Level and Higher Level:

  • The Biological Level of Analysis
  • The Cognitive Level of Analysis
  • The Socio-Cultural level of Analysis

Optional Psychology – 1 optional for Standard Level, 2 optional for Higher Level out of the following:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Human Relationships
  • Sport Psychology

Qualitative Research – Higher Level ONLY
Internal Assessment – Higher and Standard Level
How will I be assessed?
Core Psychology, Optional Psychology and Qualitative Research are all assessed externally by examination.
Internal Assessment is assessed via a research project carried out by you.
STANDARD LEVEL ASSESSMENT
Assessment component Weighting
External assessment (3 hours) 75%
Paper 1 (2 hours)
Section A: Three compulsory questions on part 1 of the syllabus.
Section B: Three questions on part 1 of the syllabus. Students choose one question to answer in essay form. (46 marks) 50%
Paper 2 (1 hour)
Fifteen questions on part 2 of the syllabus. Students choose one question to answer in essay form. (22 marks) 25%
Internal assessment
A report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student. (20 marks) 25%
HIGHER LEVEL ASSESSMENT
Assessment component Weighting
External assessment (4 hours) 80%
Paper 1 (2 hours)
Section A: Three compulsory questions on part 1 of the syllabus.
Section B: Three questions on part 1 of the syllabus. Students choose one question to answer in essay form. (46 marks) 35%
Paper 2 (2 hours)
Fifteen questions on part 2 of the syllabus. Students choose two questions to answer in essay form. (44 marks) 25%
Paper 3 (1 hour)
Three compulsory questions based on an unseen text, covering part 3 of the syllabus.
(30 marks) 20%
Internal assessment
A report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student. (28 marks) 20%
What coursework will I need to do?
You will have to carry out a Psychological research project which you will start at the end of year 12. You will have to carry out a Psychological research project which you will start at the end of year 12.   Examples of experiments students have replicated on participants:

  • Stroop Effect – is it easier to say the colour of a word if it matches the semantic meaning of the word
  • Social Facilitation Theory – phenomenon whereby better task performance comes by the mere presence of others doing the same task.
  • Weapon Focus – the witness account will focus more on the weapon and the lack of ability to remember other details of the crime

Case study

  • Psychology at the University of Birmingham – Hayley Tuzzio
  • Psychology and Creative Studies.  Writing her second fiction book – Siana-Rose Crawford
  • Psychology with year placement at Aston University – Ashleigh Woodall
  • Midwifery at Coventry University – Keira Madden
  • Psychology at Liverpool Hope University – Kayleigh Care

Course: IB Psychology
Exam Board: IB

Specification