GCSE PSYCHOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTION
Studying for our GCSE in Psychology gives students the chance to learn a wide range of different psychological skills all from the comfort of their home. With the help of a dedicated tutor, students will work through 11 different units and 2 mock papers to ensure their understanding of the psychology GCSE syllabus is in-depth ready for their examination.
|Study time:||120 hours|
|Enrolment length:||12 months|
|Course format:||Paper based pack|
|Assignments:||11 assignments and 2 mock exams|
|Entry requirements:||None specific|
Edexcel Psychology GCSE Course
Unit 1- Development
In this first unit of the psychology GCSE you will look at the development of the brain and how children think at different stages in their development.
Unit 2- Development
In this unit you will explore the key concepts of input, encoding, storage, retrieval and output before analysing how the memory processes information.
Unit 3 – Psychological problems
In this unit you will look closely at psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and OCD and explore some of the symptoms suffers experience.
Unit 4 – Brain and Neuropsychology
In this unit you will look at the structure and function of the brain, learning about the functions of the temporal lobes and CNS.
Unit 5 – Social influence
In this unit you will look closely at the four key areas of social influence, obedience, conformity, deindividuation and the bystander effect.
Unit 6 – Criminal psychology
Here you will look in depth at criminal behaviour, taking into account positive and negative reinforcement, punishment as well as personality traits and measurements.
Unit 7 – The Self
In this section of the psychology GCSE you will explore concepts of self and self-concept looking at what having a sense of worth and identity means to us as individuals.
Unit 8 – Perception
In this unit you will look at visual distortions and illusions that result in a person’s inability to perceive something accurately.
Unit 9 – Sleep and dreaming
In this unit you will look at the stages of sleep and what occurs during each before researching the internal and external influences on sleep.
Unit 10 – Language, thought and communication
In this unit you will look closely at the relationship between language and thinking taking into account research carried out by Piaget and Vygotsky.
Unit 11 – Research methods
In this final unit you will explore the different methods of carrying out research, making predictions and ethical issues to consider when doing so.