Why choose this specification?

Our GCSE Psychology specification introduces concepts and methods used to explain human behaviour.

This is looked into through models of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences. These areas will allow students to get a good grasp of the subject, whilst also inspiring them to study Psychology further.

The Full Course is a combination of Unit 1 and Unit 2. Unit 1 is also offered as a Short Course only, which is a stand-alone qualification. Unit 1 which looks into 'Making Sense of Other People', provides the foundation for understanding Psychology. Unit 2 elaborates from Unit 1 and looks at 'Understanding Other People'. 

Our specification is offered for students of all abilities. 

What teachers like

What teachers enjoy most about teaching this specification is that "students are so responsive", which makes teaching it an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

The specification engages students' interest from the start. Teachers believe that it provides a good foundation for further study in this subject. Many students who study it at GCSE level are inspired to take Psychology at AS and A-level, so this shows how successful the GCSE can be. GCSE Psychology is an excellent introduction to the subject in general because of the breadth of topics covered.

What students like

Students like the topics covered, which they find very relevant to their own lives. They enjoy finding out about the science behind topics such as non-verbal communication (NVC), personality, aggression and memory. It helps them to understand what is going on around them and how they can put some of the knowledge gained into practice; such as memory techniques to improve study skills, which also helps them in other subjects. Students also enjoy doing the practical work that goes with each topic.

It brings the subject to life and helps them to understand the research done by Psychologists.

Skills students will develop

The course builds students' analytical and research skills. Students are likely to develop sufficient skills to enable them to design and conduct research in the subject area.

Support for teaching

  • Webinars
  • Ask AQA
  • e-AQA
  • Books/ Resources
  • Telephone customer support- Psychology subject team and CPD operations

Follow-on study

The GCSE specification leads on to the A-level specification very well - a typical route given the high popularity of this subject at A-level.

It also complements other social science subjects due to the key skills that students learn and are then able to apply to different subjects.