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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.

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Miss S Lock
Curriculum Leader

Psychology KS4

Exam Board:





Examination 100%

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:

  • criminal personality
  • development
  • psychological problems
  • research methods


  • rehabilitiation
  • education
  • the use of anti-psychotics to treat Schizophrenia

Assessment: Studies and Application 1 (ninety marks written paper, 1.5 hours)


Unit 2 content overview:

50% of the total GCSE

  • social influence
  • memory
  • sleep and dreaming
  • research methods


  • majority influence in attitudes towards mental health
  • recall techniques
  • The treatment of insomnia.

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:

The skills required include:
  • 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

Potential jobs:

Occupational psychology – how do companies select the right staff to employ? Why not use an occupational psychologist to help develop selection programmes and tests to help them? Who should be promoted and offered further training? Maybe an occupational psychologist could help.
Forensic psychology – heard about ‘profiling’ on TV police shows? Is it possible to predict if someone will commit a crime? From hundreds of suspects, is it possible to analyse who the likely guilty person is? This is what a forensic psychologist does.
Clinical psychology – Within the NHS, psychologists are employed to help people address mental, emotional, and behavioural problems affecting their lives. These are often people to very difficult circumstances and can be very demanding work.
Social psychology – When you walk into a shop to buy a product, why do you select a particular one? Is it the colour, the display, etc? Companies and supermarkets pay good money to successful ‘social’ psychologists to help them understand consumer behaviour.
Sports work – This is very specialist work, but opportunities do occur to work with elite sports people to help them develop their performance. Lots of professional sporting clubs do employ a psychologist.

Related careers:

People who enjoy the study of psychology are usually attracted to working with people. Careers such as careers advisers, social workers, teachers, market researchers, advertising/PR, speech therapy, sports and exercise (personal trainers), and sales/marketing all attract people with an interest in this area. 
NOTE: these may require additional specialist professional qualifications.