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GCSE Psychology

Studying GCSE Psychology at BSix
Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour through scientific investigation. Those with an interest in science and scientific investigation are most suited to this subject. You will develop an understanding of the experimental methods used in psychology, and an awareness of the usefulness, and limitations, of these methods. No previous knowledge of Psychology is required but you should have a keen interest in examining behaviour and developing critical analysis skills.  The course also includes biological explanations and terminology so an interest in biology would be advantageous. It is important that you are interested in asking questions and are able to cope with not getting a definitive answer.

The course includes such topics as:

  • The Biology of the Eye
  • Aggression
  • Phobias
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Research Methods and Ethics

Recommended reading
“Edexcel GCSE Psychology” by Christine Brain, Julia Russell and Karren Smith.

Assessment
Psychology is assessed through two written exams (1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour 45 minutes), which you take at the end of the course in May/June.

Beyond the classroom
Psychology is a rewarding, but complex subject and students that can learn to work independently and read round the subject are most successful.  You will have the opportunity to use the internet and the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support your learning. The Library also has a large stock of textbooks that can be used for independent learning and wider reading.

Progression/Alumni
Psychology is a respected subject and useful in both academic development and daily life.  The emphasis on a scientific understanding gives valuable insights for those working with people and is particularly valued in all the caring professions, human resources, the media and marketing.

If you are serious about continuing studying Psychology at A Level, you would have to get good GCSEs (at least grade Cs) including English Language.
If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry
Teachers
Staff at BSix are highly trained and well qualified. The psychology department at BSix consist of two full time members of teaching staff, both with backgrounds in psychology and a number of years teaching psychology at all levels (GCSE, AS and A2).