Sackville School

Psychology

GCSE psychology encourages students to actively investigate a wide variety of Human Behaviour.  This scientific approach encourages learners to look into psychological research, evaluate it and apply ideas. 

The GCSE syllabus is in two parts and taught over two years.

In the first year we cover the following topics:

Memory -How does our memory work?  How is it researched?  The importance of memory, in different situations, such as eyewitness testimony.

Non-verbal Communication -The importance of body language and eye contact in the way we communicate with one another.

Development of Personality -We look at how we research and identify different personality types, including an in depth investigation of anti-social personality.

Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination -We look at these three social issues in society and how psychology studies them.

Research Methods -Here we focus on how human behaviour is studied as a science, including ethical considerations and analysing research.

The second year delves deeper into Psychological research and four new topics (social influence, gender, aggression and learning).

Students can expect active and engaging lessons with opportunities to recreate social research.