Year 9 Options 20/21 - Psychology

Examination Board:
Course Description:
GCSE Psychology help students to gain knowledge and understanding of key psychological approaches through
the investigation and observation of specific human behaviours, such as; development, memory, psychological
problems, social influence and criminal psychology. Students will develop their analytical skills by comparing
and contrasting different theories and drawing reasoned conclusions.
How will students learn?
The course allows students to develop a wide range of skills that can be applicable in every other subject. They
will take part in experiments, presentations and observations, whilst continuing to further their reading and
writing skills. The course allows students to deepen their independent learning skills.
How will the course be assessed?
Two written exams:
Paper 1: Development, memory, psychological problems, the brain and social influence
1hr 45minutes 55%
Paper 2: Research methods, criminal psychology and language, though and communication
1hr 20minutes 45%
Education Pathways after Year 11:
Level 3 qualifications including IB study and onto university undergraduate programmes.
Career Routes:
Social Sciences
Medical Professions
Criminal Study
Law and Media
Due to the academic requirements of the subject, year 9 assessed grades and attitude to learning will be
taken into account before enrolling students on this course.