What will the subject allow me to do?


This course is a new subject to students and prepares them for further studies at Level 3 and beyond. Students will focus upon the key principles of Psychology by looking into the mind and behaviour and understand how this influences our lives through a variety of topics. Students will look at five main psychological approaches: Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Social and the Self. Through these approaches, students will focus upon the perpetual argument of ‘nature versus nurture’ and how each one can dictate our behaviour and functioning of our mind.

  • Mr. C. Wardle
Keystage 4

Students will study OCR GCSE Psychology.

Each unit will comprise of at least two opposing explanations (theories) of the behaviour being studied alongside at least two pieces of supporting evidence from psychological research. Students will then apply their knowledge of psychological theory to applications used within a real world environment.


Paper 1:

Main Units for the course:

  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Developmental Psychology (theories of learning)
  • Psychological problems (theories of Schizophrenia & Clinical Depression

50 %


1.5 Hour Exam

Paper 2:

Main Units for the course:

  • Social Influence (theories of conformity & Obedience)
  • Memory
  • Sleep & Dreaming


50 %


1.5 Hour Exam

Research Methods

Various Methodologies and issues of how research is carried out. 10% Mathematical elements of statistical analysis and various mathematical functions.

Within paper 1 and 2


Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of content revision and multiple choice testing. Students will be given a formal assessment at the end of each unit within the course.

Year 11 Psychology revision will take place on a Monday and Tuesday evenings in F29 with Mr Wardle 3pm – 4pm.

Keystage 5

Students will follow the OCR A Level Psychology Curriculum and is assessed through three terminal examinations at the end of Year 13.  Students will develop the skills and knowledge required for further education in the Social Sciences. Students are expected to work independently out of the classroom completing homework or revising the vast amount of content required for the examinations.


Unit 1

Research Methods.

Students will develop the skills needed to carry out psychological research focussing upon the 3 main components of: Planning/Doing and Analysing research using the various methods available.

As part of the analysis, students will become familiar with the usage and calculation of inferential statistical testing as well as other statistical analysis.


2 Hour Exam

Unit 2

Psychological Themes through Core Studies.

Students will become familiar with the main approaches and perspectives of explaining behaviour: Physiological, Cognitive, Developmental, Social, Individual Differences, Psychodynamic and Behaviourism.  They will then show knowledge of 20 core studies taken from each approach (4 in each) and use these as evidence to back up their explanation of behaviour.

Alongside this, students will become familiar with the various issues and debates in Psychology including: Psychology as Science, Reductionism and Holism, Determinism and Freewill to name a few.

2 Hour Exam

Unit 3

Applied Psychology.

Students will follow a similar structure to unit 2 with theory, evidence and application being the main focus of this paper. Students will study 3 main areas:

Issues in Mental Health

Criminal Psychology

Child Psychology

(See specific content table below)


Students will be expected to debate the issues surrounding each of the topics covered.

2 Hour Exam.


Unit 3 Applied Psychology Specific Content:
Issues in Mental Health
Criminal Psychology
Child Psychology
  • Historical Views of Mental Health
  • Defining Abnormality
  • Categorising Mental Disorders
  • The Biochemical Model
  • The Genetic explanation
  • Brain Abnormality
  • The Behaviourist explanation
  • The Cognitive explanation
  • The Psychodynamic explanation
  • The Humanistic explanation
  • What makes a criminal? (Biological)
  • The collection and processing of forensic evidence (Biological)
  • Collection of Evidence (Cognitive)
  • Psychology and the Courtroom (Cognitive)
  • Crime Prevention (Social)
  • Effect of imprisonment (Social)
  • Intelligence (Biological)
  • Pre-adult Brain development (Biological)
  • Perceptual Development (Cognitive)
  • Cognitive Development & Education (Cognitive)
  • Development and Attachment (Social)
  • Impact of Advertising on Children. (Social)


Homework and support

Homework will be assigned as and when it is necessary and may take the form of short answer questions, conducting a piece of research or extended 10/15 marker questions. Much support given is through email communication and some additional small group sessions after school.