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Curriculum overview

Psychology is only studied at Key Stage 4. This GCSE is an opportunity to learn more about the human condition and is an excellent way to understand human behaviours. Psychology is the scientific study of the brain and behaviour.

Psychology is a subject that encourages you to consider why humans behave in the ways they do and understand the reasons and theories behind their actions. Through studying psychology it builds empathy, understanding and respect of a variety of mental health issues. It is also a subject that evaluates the competing theories in psychology, as well as considering the strengths and limitations of research that has been conducted by others. Not only can we look at the research of renowned psychologists but we can plan and test our own theories and experimental designs in a fun practical way in this GCSE.

GCSE Psychology

This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content

Cognition and behaviour

  1. Memory
  2. Perception
  3. Development
  4. Research methods

Social context and behaviour

  1. Social influence
  2. Language, thought and communication
  3. Brain and neuropsychology
  4. Psychological problems


How it’s assessed

  • Two written exams: 1 hour 45 minutes each
  • 100 marks EACH
  • EACH EXAM is 50% of GCSE

For more detail click here for the full AQA GCSE Psychology specification.

Career aspirations

Studying psychology gives you a broad range of skills that span both science and the arts and opens up opportunities with a variety of employers.

The GCSE in Psychology can lead to studying A Level in Psychology at post-16 and then a degree in Psychology in most universities. Psychology is useful for any job that requires lots of interaction or an understanding of human behaviour and development.

People with skills in psychology are sought after in business, management, teaching, research, social work and careers in medicine and healthcare. Psychologists have excellent communication and active listening skills.

If you are interested in studying the subject at degree and postgraduate level in order to become a psychologist, you can work in a huge range of areas including:

  • Sports – helping athletes to build mental strategies to improve their performance and handle pressure.
  • Education – studying child development and helping children experiencing difficulties with their education.
  • Clinical and counselling – treating people with mental health needs.
  • Forensic – assessing and treating criminal behaviour, which can involve working with offenders and victims of crime.
  • Occupational – aiming to increase the effectiveness of an organisation and improve job satisfaction.
  • Neuropsychology – studying how the physical function of the brain affects the way we behave and helping to treat people suffering from brain injuries.
Useful links

The class book used is: AQA Psychology for GCSE, Illuminate Publishing                                      

The revision guide available on parent pay is: My Revision Notes, AQA GCSE (9-1) Psychology, Hodder Education

Contact details

If you have any questions, please contact: Mrs E Hardy – Lead Teacher for Psychology



School will be open next Thursday for GCSE results day from 9am! One more week and the wait is over! #fingerscrossed