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Psychology

 

SUBJECT AIM

The GCSE Psychology course is an engaging exploration of human behaviour. Students will develop an awareness of themselves, others and of how psychology can be used to explain everyday behaviour. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of Psychology including core areas such as biological, cognitive and social theories of human behaviour. Each theory and study have been carefully selected based on their relevance to our students today. The course will provide an excellent base for progression to any higher-level Psychology course.

Students will build an understanding of how psychological research is conducted, including the role of the scientific method and data analysis. They will learn to present information, develop arguments, and draw conclusions through a critical approach to psychological evidence. Students will also explore psychological issues and debates and develop an understanding of ethical issues in psychology as well as the contributions of the discipline to understand individual, social and cultural diversity.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

You will study the following units on this course:

Memory

Child Development

Psychological Problems

Neuropsychology

Social Influence

Criminal Psychology

Sleep and Dreaming

Research Methods

HOW WILL YOU BE ASSESSED

 

GCSE Psychology
(Grades 9-1)

Paper 1

Core Content

Paper 2

Options Content

50% weighting

98 marks in total

1 hour 45 minutes examination

50% weighting

79 marks in total

1 hour 20 minutes examination

WHAT THIS SUBJECT CAN LEAD TO

  • Studying Psychology can be beneficial to most careers, in particular, careers as a psychologist, therapist and mental health worker.
  • It is also very useful for careers in business, management and social work, as the course will help you to understand the mindset of your clients, customers and employees.

Please click on the arrow for a detailed breakdown:

Year 10

Term

Overarching topic

Assessment

Learning Resources

Half Term 1

Memory

1.       Memory processes and the Multistore Model

2.       Amnesia

3.       Theory of Reconstructive Memory

4.       Bartlett (1932) War of the Ghosts

5.       Peterson and Peterson (1959) Short Term Memory Capacity

 

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 2

Development

1.       Early Brain Development

2.       Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development

3.       Piaget and Inhelder (1959) Three Mountains Task

4.       Dweck’s Mindset Theory

5.       Willingham’s Learning Theory

6.       Gunderson et al. (2013) Parental Praise

 

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 3

Psychological Problems

Depression

1.       Symptoms, features and incidence of depression

2.       Effect on individuals and society

3.       Genetic Influences

4.       Caspi et al. (2003) The influence of life stressors on the 5HTT gene.

5.       Cognitive Theory

 

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 4

Psychological Problems

Addiction

1.       Symptoms, features and incidence of addiction

2.       Effect on individuals and society

3.       Genetic Influences

4.       Learning Theory

 

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 5

Psychological Problems

Treatments

1.       Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

2.       Drug Treatment

Young (2007) CBT as a treatment for internet addiction

 

Neuropsychology

3.       Structure and function of the brain

4.       Lateralisation

5.       Sperry (1968) Split-Brain Patients

6.       Neurons and Synapses

 

 

 

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 6

Neuropsychology

1.       Neurological Damage

2.       Damasio et al (1994) The return of Phineas Gage

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Year 11

Term

Overarching topic

Assessment

Learning Resources

Half Term 1

Social Influence

1.       Obedience

2.       Conformity

3.       Deindividuation

4.       The Bystander Effect

5.       Piliavin et al. (1969) Good Samaritans

6.       Haney, Banks and Zimbardo (1973) The Stanford Prison Experiment

 

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 2

Criminal Psychology

1.       Learning Theories

2.       Biological Theory

3.       Effects of Punishment

4.       Treatment and Rehabilitation

5.       Bandura Ross and Ross (1961) The Bobo Doll

6.      Charlton et al. (2000) Effect of TV on aggression in children

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 3

Sleep and Dreaming

1.       Features and Functions of Sleep

2.       Sleep Disorders

3.       Freudian Theory

4.       Activation Synthesis Theory

5.       Freud (1909) Little Hans

6.      Siffre (1975) Six months in a cave

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 4

Research Methods and Examination Preparation

Multiple knowledge and understanding quizzes completed throughout the term.

 

 

End of Topic Assessment composed from past examination questions. Assessment completed in exam conditions.

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 5

Examination Preparation

 

All PowerPoints and resources are shared on Teams by the class teacher. This includes an electronic copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Half Term 6

FINAL IGCSE EXAMS