Thought, Emotion, and Behaviour
Key Stage 4

Psychology is a very exciting field of study, one that attempts to discover how the mind works. The human mind is the most complex machine on earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour. Psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion and behaviour. Psychologists use human behaviour as a clue to the workings of the mind.

  • Have you ever had a word “right on the tip of your tongue”?
  • Does your cat come running every time it hears the tin opener?
  • Do some songs make you happy, others sad?
  • Has a smell ever suddenly reminded you of an event or place in your past?
  • Have you ever had a bad day and then taken it out on your unsuspecting dog?

Psychology links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. People learn to question and discuss psychological issues that may affect their own lives.

Key Stage 4

Our GCSE in Psychology follows a clear and straightforward structure. It contains exciting subject content, helping pupils explain everyday social phenomena.

There is a balance of classic and modern psychological theory and research, emphasis on ‘doing psychology’, and a focus on mental health.

GCSE Psychology

Component 1:

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Development
  • Psychological Problems
  • Research Methods

Component 2:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Sleeping and Dreaming
  • Research Methods

Exams and Assessments

The exam awarding body is OCR and the grades available are levels 1-9.

There are two examination papers, one for each component. Each paper has four sections that must be answered. The first three are the topic areas and the fourth section is Research Methods.

Component 1:
Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 90 marks – 50% Pupils answer all questions.

Component 2:
Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 90 marks – 50% Pupils answer all questions.

Further Study

Psychology has a broad range of real-world applications, ranging from stress, health, mental illness, artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction, to personal development, social interaction and the environment, to name but a few.

There are a large number of careers in psychology, but the skills you acquire will readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research.

Department Staff

Mrs L Spragg

SENCo / Teacher of Psychology

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