St Catherine's Catholic School

Psychology

Head of Department (HOD): Miss M. Nadeem

Teacher name(s): Miss N. Darkowa

The study of psychology aims to enhance our understanding of how humans think and develop. Students studying Psychology will explore various personality types and their influence on our cognitive and emotional experiences. Students will also discover whether human behaviour has a genetic component or whether it is governed by the environment. Acquiring this knowledge will enable students to show empathy towards diverse viewpoints. Additionally, students will gain insight into how their surroundings influence and impact their behaviour.

KS4

For GCSE Psychology we will be following the OCR specification. This follows a clear and straightforward structure and includes exciting subject content helping students explain everyday social phenomena. There is a balance between classic and modern psychological theories, an emphasis on research studies and a focus on mental health.

Students will be sitting two exams in Year 11. Psychology Paper 1 and Psychology Paper 2. Students may get a variety of questions such as multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, maths-based questions, short and medium tariff questions, and the long question will be a 13-mark question.

Paper 1:

Content overview

Assessment overview      

Criminal Psychology

90 marks

Written paper

1 hour 30 mins

50% of total GCSE

Development

Psychological problems

Research methods

 Paper 2:

Content overview

Assessment overview

Social influence

90 marks

Written paper

1 hour 30 mins

50% of total GCSE

Memory

Sleeping and dreaming

Research methods

 The specification can be found using the following link: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/psychology-j203-from-2017/

Further Reading & Career Information

Studying GCSE Psychology could lead to a multitude of careers. Below are some examples:

  • Counselling​
  • Psychiatrist​
  • Psychologist​
  • Social work​
  • Journalism​
  • Lawyer​
  • Teacher

How to Support your daughter in this subject

Students will be assessed on A01, A02 and A03 content. To help support your daughter, the best place to start is by testing her on the A01 content that is at the beginning of every booklet that has been provided to her. A01 content is worth 33-37% of the exam. Once she can recall this knowledge then she can access A02 and A03 questions by practising exam questions.

 

All assessment material can be found using this website: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/psychology-j203-from-2017/assessment/