Psychology (GCSE)

Psychology (GCSE)

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

Students are introduced to the major theories that govern psychology today. Students will have the opportunity to key areas of psychology they find interesting. Students are also trained to use research methods through the development of a study of their own. Combined Science, Mathematics and English re complimentary subjects to Psychology as numeracy and literacy skills are fundamental in succeeding in Psychology

Topics Studied

Topic 1: Development – How did you develop?
Topic 2: Memory – How does your memory work?
Topic 3: Psychological problems – How would psychological problems affect you?
Topic 4: The brain and neuropsychology – How does your brain affect you?
Topic 5: Social influence – How do others affect you?
Topic 6: Criminal psychology – Why do people become criminals?
Topic 9: Sleep and dreaming – Why do you need to sleep and dream?
Topic 11: Research methods – How do you carry out psychological research?

How it’s assessed

Paper 1 (Paper code: 1PS0/01)
The paper consists of six sections. The first five sections each cover one of the topics listed above. These sections will include
multiple-choice, short-open and open-response questions.
The sixth section will contain two extended open-response questions. These questions will focus on debates within psychology and
the interrelationships between the core areas of psychology.
Paper 2 (Paper code: 1PS0/02)
Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
45% of the q

Why choose it?

Psychology is the study of the mind and how it works. This discipline attempts to answer the questions “Why are we the way we
are?” and “Why do we behave the way we do?”. This course covers an introduction to the brain and the way our brains interpret the
world around us.

  • Exam Board EDEXCEL
  • Course Code 1PS0
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