Psychology

Key Stage 3 overview

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Key Stage 4 overview

Psychology is a popular and growing subject in this country and it is seen as an advantage to have studied it at GCSE level in any profession / chosen career path. Psychology teaches us to be objective and think outside the box.

It is an enjoyable and fascinating subject to study, especially due to the presentation and consideration of alternative ideas. The GCSE Psychology course allows students to explore some of the core areas in psychology and psychological research.

Students will learn about the memory and how it works, psychological problems faced by individuals, the brain and neuropsychology, social influence and the mechanisms of perception and development. Students will also learn how to deal with data and how to conduct psychological research.

Each lesson of GCSE Psychology begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed or required. However it must be noted that the course is extremely challenging as pupils will have to learn and use problem solving skills, critically evaluating skills and mathematical skills throughout the whole course.

The course covers the entire syllabus in eight modules:

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research Methods
  • Social Influence
  • Language, Thought and Communication
  • Brain and Neuropsychology
  • Psychological Problems

This is a great subject for those wanting to go on to study A-Levels, as it will offer students the chance to improve their written communication and critical evaluation skills. Many students will go on to do an A-Level in Psychology after completion of this course and the GCSE gives you an excellent basis to study the subject in greater depth.

Understanding human behaviour is a great foundation for any employment or further training and students will develop both academically and personally through the study of psychology.

Further study in Psychology can lead to many interesting and rewarding careers. Psychologists can work, for example, in mental health or rehabilitation and it forms a strong basis for people wanting to pursue careers in the medical profession, teaching and working with children or animals.

Qualification assessment overview

  • 100% of external assessment. Assessment is by two written papers (1 hour 45 minutes each, 50% each of total marks).
  • When do internal assessments take place? N/A
  • When do external assessments take place? Summer examinations

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How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey Academy with Psychology?

There are a number of ways a parent can support their child at Sir Thomas Boughey with Psychology. Below are some of the ways in which you can:

  • Buy and use revision guides.
  • Consider purchasing a relevant textbook.
  • Ask them if there’s anything they’re struggling with – and do something about it.
  • Encourage them to read more.
  • Encourage them to subscribe to educational subscribers on social media such as YouTube.
  • Stay in touch with their teachers.
  • Devise fun ways to test them.
  • Watch psychological documentaries with them.
  • Encourage dinner table debate by leading family discussions on psychology-related topics.
  • Take them on educational trips to places like the Freud museum.
  • Reward them for good results.

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