Full time course
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychologists carry out experiments and research into why we act the way we do, and students will be expected to learn a working knowledge of the results of this research.
What will I study?
The course is divided into two units. Unit one contains topics on memory, perception and cognitive development, along with a section on research methods and data handling (requiring a good knowledge of science and maths). Unit two contains topics on social influence, language, psychological illnesses and a more scientific section on how our brains work (for example, nerves and the function of various brain areas). Each unit is assessed by a separate exam, both of which last for 1 hour 45 minutes.
English and Maths
Maths and English skills are embedded throughout the course, in particular within the data handling sections, such as calculating averages and percentages and drawing graphs and charts.
This subject will provide you with a qualification which, along with the other subjects that you study, will help you to apply for employment or other qualifications.
What do I need to join?
An interest in both people and science is important for this course. You also need excellent time management and revision skills as psychology has a lot of factual information that you will need to remember. An ability to write clearly and to communicate your ideas effectively will also increase your chances of success.
GCSE Psychology has the same entrance requirements as the general GCSE programme. However, a good grade in at least one science subject will help you adjust to the demands of the course.
How long is the course?
How will I learn?
Students will be taught key psychological terms and details of the research that has been carried out to explain behaviour. Where possible, these experiments are replicated in class to engage students with the subject. Students are expected to study hard and to engage with the subject both in and out of the classroom.
How will I know how I am doing?
Students will be assessed after every topic using exam-style questions. Tutors will work closely with students to ensure they reach their full potential.
What can I do next?
GCSEs provide an excellent foundation to progress into both technical and academic pathways as well as being seen by employers as a key qualification for progressing in the workplace. After GCSEs, many of our students go on to study A Levels and Level 3 vocational programmes at SGS. Entry onto the GCSE Plus Programme will be assessed on an individual basis at an interview and all applicants will undertake initial assessments in English, maths and science.
What are my career options?
A psychology qualification and the skills related to it has uses in many fields, from education to research, to sport, to business management.
A higher psychology qualification can also lead to careers in counselling or clinical care as well as in other areas that require a knowledge and understanding of human behaviour.