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Learning at West Coventry Academy



Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: OCR

Is Psychology GCSE for you?

Psychology is defined as ‘the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes.’ Psychology is real, it is not about common sense or myths, therefore, everything that is covered during GCSE Psychology can be applied to real life. Because of this, it is a great subject to have knowledge of, whatever career path you may decide to go down. You can only choose this course if you achieve a teacher assessment of Flight Path 3 in your English, Science and Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 3. You will also be required to sit a short written assessment to check your suitability for the course. This is because the course involves statistical and scientific work. You will also need to be able to produce good written essays.

What Will You Do?

This course will give students an opportunity to gain an awareness and insight into topics such as:

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Memory
  • Development
  • Psychological Problems
  • Attachment
  • Research methods
  • Social Influence
  • Sleep and dreaming

You will look at theories and studies.

You will use the theories and studies to create effective arguments.

You will think about the practical application of the theories and studies.

You will have the opportunity to complete your own individual pieces of research.

Assessment Details:

Students will complete two separate examinations at the end of year 11.

Each exam paper will test you on 4 topics and is worth 50% of your overall grade.

No coursework.

Possible Career Options:

  • Teacher
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Researcher (in an area of personal interest)
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist

Further Education:

  • AS/A2 in Psychology