Head of Department: Miss S Reed
Examination Board: WJEC
The GCSE in Psychology is designed for learners to acquire knowledge and an understanding of psychology; developing an understanding of self and others, and how psychological understanding can help to explain everyday social phenomena. They will cover a range of topics: memory, perception, development, mental health and the individual within social groups. They will become familiar with how psychological research is conducted, including the role of scientific method and data analysis.
Learners will also develop an understanding of the relationship between psychology and personal, moral, social and cultural issues, and develop an understanding of ethical issues in psychology.
How will you learn:
This GCSE specification in Psychology is divided into two units allowing learners to develop their understanding of psychology through a range of skills:
demonstrating knowledge and understanding of psychological ideas, processes, procedures and theories;
analysis and evaluation of psychological ideas, information, processes and procedures;
making judgements and drawing conclusions;
evaluation of therapies and treatments;
demonstrating the contribution of psychology to an understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity;
knowledge and understanding of research methods;
practical research skills (designing and conducting);
How you will be assessed:
Paper 1 - Cognition and behaviour:
Learners will draw on their knowledge of the processes of memory; the different elements of perception and factors effecting it; the development of the brain alongside theories of the development of education; and research methods. Assessment will be through a range of multiple choice, short and extended questions.
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes. 100 marks
50% of GCSE Year 11
Social context and behaviour:
Learners will draw on their examination of individual behaviour, such as conformity and obedience, in social groups; language, speech and communication in humans and animals; the structure and function of the brain; and mental health. Assessment will be through a range of multiple choice, short and extended questions.
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes. 100 marks 50% of GCSE.
For further information see: Miss S Reed
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