Psychology is the study of human behaviour. This course is designed to give you an introduction to the science behind people's behaviour and how it can be used to improve quality of life.
Psychologists observe behaviour, create theories to explain this, and then carry out research to test these theories. Like other sciences, psychology relies on data to reach conclusions.
By the end of your course, you should have developed your knowledge and understanding of psychology and its role in society.
Miss S Lock
Outline of course content:
The GCSE course is designed to give you an introduction to the science behind people's behaviour and how it can be used to improve quality of life. The course is divided into two units which explore three different topics of psychology, giving us the opportunity to delve into theories and studies pertaining to the topic. Each unit also includes a section on research methods, which develops knowledge of the processes of planning, carrying out, and analysing psychological research. We consider the ethical issues raised by such research and the application of the results for the real world.
Outline of course structure:
Unit 1 content overview:
50% of the total GCSE:
Assessment: Studies and Application 1 (ninety marks written paper, 1.5 hours)
Unit 2 content overview:
50% of the total GCSE
Assessment: Studies and Applications 2 (ninety marks written paper, 1.5 hours)
Careers using Psychology
Psychology is all about people and helping to explain how we all behave.
Skills and how the subject relates to work:
being interested in people
having a mind open to new ideas
the ability to analyse information in an objective and impartial way
having excellent communication skills
strong writing skills to produce reports