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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 coursepack. 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.

Course Overview

 

  • Official AQA Psychology GCSE qualification
  • An 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
  • Choose to study online or from a course pack
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment

COURSE CONTENT

[agroup first=”0″ connect=”106″] [accordion title=”TOPIC 1: MEMORY” connect=”106″]

  • Processes of memory: encoding, storage and retrieval
  • Structures of memory
  • Memory is an active process [/accordion]

[accordion title=”TOPIC 2: PERCEPTION” connect=”106″]

  • 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 [/accordion]

[accordion title=”TOPIC 3: DEVELOPMENT” connect=”106″]

  • 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 [/accordion]

[accordion title=”TOPIC 4: RESEARCH METHODS” connect=”106″]

  • Formulation of testable hypotheses
  • Types of variable
  • Sampling methods
  • Designing research
  • Correlation Research procedures
  • Planning and conduction research
  • Ethical considerations [/accordion]

[accordion title=”TOPIC 5: DATA HANDLING” connect=”106″]

  • Quantitative and qualitative data
  • Primary and secondary data
  • Computation
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Interpretation and display of quantitative data
  • Normal distributions [/accordion]

[accordion title=”TOPIC 6: SOCIAL INFLUENCE” connect=”106″]

  • Conformity
  • Obedience Prosocial behaviour
  • The crowd and collective behaviour [/accordion]

[accordion title=”TOPIC 7: LANGUAGE, THOUGHT AND COMMUNICATION” connect=”106″]

  • 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 [/accordion]

[accordion title=”TOPIC 8: BRAIN AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGY” connect=”106″]

  • Structure and function of the nervous system
  • Neuron structure and function structure and function of the brain
  • An introduction to neuropsychology [/accordion]

[accordion title=”TOPIC 9: PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS” connect=”106″]

  • An introduction to mental health
  • Mental health problems and society
  • Characteristics of clinical depression
  • Theories of depression
  • Interventions or therapies from depression
  • Addiction [/accordion] [/agroup]

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.

You have the freedom to book and pay for the exams yourself at a test centre near you

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)

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 coursepack.

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 want to progress onto A Level Psychology.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

[agroup first=”0″ connect=”626″] [accordion title=”IS THIS THE SAME QUALIFICATION AS A GCSE FROM A SCHOOL OR COLLEGE?” connect=”626″]

Yes! Our GCSE course is accredited by awarding body AQA. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED TO ENROL ONTO THIS COURSE?” connect=”626″]

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”IS THERE A REQUIRED READING LIST?” connect=”626″]

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”DO I HAVE TO SIT AN EXAM?” connect=”626″]

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. It is your responsibility to book and pay for any exams and practicals included in this course yourself.

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre. The highest grade you can achieve with this course is Grade 5.

For students wishing to achieve grade 6-9, please choose our GCSE Biology – Higher Tier course.

[/accordion] [accordion title=”ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS?” connect=”626″]

For this particular course, examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments, which is why we thoroughly recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE THE UK?” connect=”626″]

You are still able to study this GCSE course, but the British Council Approved Centres, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY COURSE PACK?” connect=”626″] 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. [/accordion]

Course Curriculum

Topic 1
MEMORY 1 month, 1 week
Topic 2
PERCEPTION 1 month, 1 week
Topic 3
DEVELOPMENT 1 month, 1 week
Topic 4
RESEARCH METHODS 1 month, 1 week
Topic 5
DATA HANDLING 1 month, 1 week
Topic 6
SOCIAL INFLUENCE 1 month, 1 week
Topic 7
LANGUAGE, THOUGHT AND COMMUNICATION 1 month, 1 week
Topic 8
BRAIN AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGY 1 month, 1 week
Topic 9
PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS 1 month, 1 week

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