GCSE Psychology

Course codes: OSC1379 / OSC1380
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  • Official AQA Psychology GCSE qualification
  • Ideal introduction to Psychology subject
  • Understand the science behind the mind
  • Explore human behaviour and social influence
  • Exactly the same qualification as in school or college
  • Exams can be included and booked for you when you're ready
  • Choose to study online or from a course pack
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging learners to select online study as the delivery of study packs is likely to be delayed. For those students who still wish to select study pack, we are providing free e-learning access, where available, to avoid any interruption of study. These students will receive access to our e-learning platform within 24 hours, and their study pack will follow in due course. Students who wish to study online only, are unaffected and will receive their e-learning access within 24 hours.

Course Overview

Interested in how the human mind works? Want to delve more into the subject and explore why humans behave in certain ways?

With our AQA GCSE Psychology, you can choose to study online or from a course pack. Gain your official GCSE at your own pace, from your own environment.

Explore the functions of memory. Understand how the brain develops. Learn about social influence and find out about mental health!

Add on your exams and we will book these for you!

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Course Outcome

You will receive your AQA GCSE Psychology (on successful completion of exams)

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

2 paper based exams.

Course Content
  • Processes of memory: encoding, storage and retrieval
  • Structures of memory
  • Memory as an active process
  • Sensation and perception
  • Visual cues and constancies
  • Gibson’s direct theory of perception – the influence of nature
  • Visual illusions
  • Gregory’s constructivist theory of perception – the influence of nurture
  • Factors affecting perception
  • Early brain development
  • Piaget’s stage theory and the development of intelligence
  • The role of Piaget’s theory in education
  • The effects of learning on development
  • Formulation of testable hypotheses
  • Types of variable
  • Sampling methods
  • Designing research
  • Correlation
  • Research procedures
  • Planning and conduction research
  • Ethical considerations
  • Quantitative and qualitative data
  • Primary and secondary data
  • Computation
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Interpretation and display of quantitative data
  • Normal distributions
  • Conformity
  • Obedience
  • Prosocial behaviour
  • Crowd and collective behaviour
  • Relationship between language and thought
  • Effect of language and thought on the view of the world
  • Differences between human and animal communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Explanations of non-verbal behaviour
  • Structure and function of the nervous system
  • Neuron structure and function
  • Structure and function of the brain
  • An introduction to neuropsychology
  • An introduction to mental health
  • Mental health problems and society
  • Characteristics of clinical depression
  • Theories of depression
  • Interventions or therapies from depression
  • Addiction
Extra Info

Course Duration

You will have 1 year to complete your course with access to your tutor support through email. This means you can study your course at your own pace, at a time that suits your lifestyle.

Course Requirements

There are no requirements – you do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course!

Assessment

You will be assessed across the above topics by 2 paper based exams.

Exams can be included in the cost of your course. If you add these on with us, these must be taken at our Birmingham or Macclesfield exam centre, so please ensure you’re able to travel to these locations before you enrol onto this course.

Study Method

Study for your Psychology GCSE at your own pace, in your own environment. Studying through distance learning means you can learn whenever and wherever you want! Choose to study your GCSE Psychology online or from a course pack. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away.

Course Outcome

Once you have successfully completed your course you will receive your AQA GCSE Psychology. You will be graded based on your marks under the new 9-1 scale. The GCSE is recognised by universities, schools and employers.

Progression

Once you have received your GCSE Psychology you might then progress on to A Level Psychology where you can explore the subject in greater depth.

Exam details

Paper 1: Cognition and behaviour
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Weighting: 50% of GCSE
  • Total Marks: 100

What’s assessed: Memory, perception, development and research methods. You will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
Paper 2: Social context and behaviour
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Weighting: 50% of GCSE
  • Total Marks: 100

What’s assessed: Social influence, language, thought and communication, brain and neuropsychology and psychological problems. Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
  • Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (25 marks)
Q&As

Yes! It is exactly the same. The only difference is the course is designed to be studied through distance learning.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers

The course pack option also includes:

  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Ballpoint pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet

No, there are no additional books you need to purchase.

There are no additional costs. Your exams are included in the fee – just let us know when you are ready and we will book these for you!

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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