Curriculum

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychologists study everything about the human experience, from the basic workings of the human brain, to consciousness, memory, reasoning and language, along with personality and mental health.

Pupils are able to study Psychology from KS4 onwards. They will explore key scientific theories in relation to how people behave, think and feel, and will learn about important debates in Psychology, such as ‘nature vs nurture’. Pupils will examine how psychological theories evolve over time and how they inform our understanding of both conscious and subconscious behaviour. They will also explore qualitative and quantitative research methods and their associated benefits and drawbacks.

Psychology at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Topic A: How do we see our world?

This topic focuses on perception and illusions, drawing on biological and cognitive psychology.

Topic B: Is dreaming meaningful?

This topic addresses Freud’s dream theory and the theory of activation synthesis.

Topic C: Do TV and video games affect young people’s behaviour?

This topic covers causes of aggression, including psychological and social causes.

Topic D: Why do we have phobias?

This topic considers social learning, conditioning and evolutionary causes of phobias.

Topic E: Are criminals born or made?

This topic considers proposed biological and social causes of criminality.

  • Revision of all topics
Assessment

Examination Board: Edexcel

Paper 1: Perception and Dreaming
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • 60 marks
  • 40% of GCSE
  • How do we see our world?
  • Is dreaming meaningful?
Paper 2: Social and Biological Psychological Debates
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 90 marks
  • 60% of GCSE
  • Do TV and video games affect young people’s behaviour?
  • Why do we have phobias?
  • Are criminals born or made?
Enrichment Offer

Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model. Department staff are readily available to support individual pupils and facilitate group work/revision.

Useful Resources and Revision Support