QUALIFICATION: GCSE Psychology
EXAMINATION BOARD: OCR
The individual Units and Papers are as follows:
- Unit B541: Studies and Applications in Psychology 1
The topics include Sex and Gender; Memory; Attachment; Obedience; Atypical Behaviour (phobias).
- Unit B542: Studies and Applications in Psychology 1
The topics include Criminal Behaviour; Perception; Cognitive Development; Non-verbal Communication; The Self.
- Unit B543: Research in Psychology
Planning, Doing and Analysing Psychological Research.
Students will sit 3 written examinations
- Unit B541: Exam at the end of Year 11, lasting 1 hour 15 minutes worth 40% (80 marks)
2. Unit B542: Exam at the end of Year 11, lasting 1 hour 15 minutes worth 40% (80 marks)
- Unit B543: Exam at the end of Year 11, lasting 1 hour with questions on research methods and designing your own psychological investigation worth 20 % (40 marks)
The 5 Psychological areas students will study are:
- Biological Psychology: Looking at whether we are born with certain characteristics or we learn about who we are from society.
- Developmental Psychology: This considers how children’s brains develop and how they learn about relationships.
- Individual Differences: This considers issues of you and society
- Cognitive Psychology: Looking at how your memory works and how you look at the world around you.
- Social Psychology: This looks at the influence of society and the environment on people’s behaviour including crime and obedience.
WHY STUDY PSYCHOLOGY?
Psychology is all around us. It is about understanding human beings, how people function, both physically and mentally and what makes them behave the way they do. Human beings shape most of our experiences in our lives; whether that is at home, at school, at work or doing our free time. Psychology investigates how the mind and body interact and what influences our behaviour. If you are interested in people and what makes them tick then you will enjoy Psychology.
The qualification would enable you to move on to further study and is particularly useful if you want to carry on studying AS/A Level Psychology, Health and Social Care. However, Psychology provides students with valuable skills e.g. interpretation, analysis and evaluation to enable students to be successful in a wide range of AS/A Level subjects. An understanding of Psychology is useful if you want to work with people for example, law, teaching, social work, health worker (doctor or nurse) and in business.