Psychology

Head of Department: Miss L Woodcock - l.woodcock.scs@stcleres.coop 

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.

Psychology is not taught at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), but is available as a study option for Key Stage 4. 

The specification for this subject has changed.  From September 2017, Year 11 will continue with their current study programme, while Years 9 and 10 will study the new specification.

Year 11 (2017-18) Course Title: GCSE Psychology

Exam Board & Code: OCR J611    Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)

Assessment is by examination only:

Paper 1:  40%
Paper 2:  40%
Paper 3:  20%

Year 9 - 10 (2017-18) Course Title: GCSE Psychology

Exam Board & Code: OCR J203    Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)

Assessment is by examination only:

Paper 1:  50%
Paper 2:  50%

Year 11 (J611) Exam Mark Breakdown

Paper 1:
Studies & Applications in Psychology 1: 
80 marks, 40% weighting - 1 hour 15 minutes
Five sections, answer one topic from each

Paper 2:
Studies & Applications in Psychology 2: 
80 marks, 40% weighting - 1 hour 15 minutes
Five sections, answer one topic from each

Paper 3:
Research in Psychology: 
40 marks, 20% weighting - 1 hour
Two sections, answer both

Year 11 (J611) GCSE Course Study Breakdown

Year 9

Still awaiting clarification of the new syllabus for 2017 - 2018

Year 10

  • Obedience
  • Memory
  • Sex & Gender
  • Atypical Behaviour
  • Attachment

Year 11

  • Cognitive Development
  • Perception
  • Criminal Behaviour
  • The Self
  • Nonverbal Communication

Year 9 -10 (J203) Exam Mark Breakdown

Studies and Applications in Psychology 1: 90 marks, 50% weighting - 1 hour 30 minutes

- Criminal Psychology (24 marks)
- Development (24 marks)
- Psychological Problems (24 marks)
- Research Methods (18 marks)

Studies and Applications in Psychology 2: 90 marks, 50% weighting - 1 hour 30 minutes

- Social Influence (24 marks)
- Memory (24 marks)
- Sleep and Dreaming (24 marks)
- Research Methods (18 marks)

Year 9 -10 (J203) GCSE Course Study Breakdown

Year 9

(i) Memory 
In year 9 we examine two theories and two studies of memory. By the end of this unit pupils should be able to explain how a person's memory works and support this using evidence from psychological research. Questions in this unit include:  

  • What is amnesia?
  • How do people's memories work?
  • Can we manipulate a person's memory of an event?

(ii) Social Influence
In year 9 we examine two theories and two studies of social influence. By the end of this unit pupils should be able to explain different reasons why individuals follow orders and obey and support this using evidence from psychological research. Questions in this unit include:

  • What is obedience? What is conformity?
  • Why do people obey?
  • How can we explain group behaviour such as rioting?

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