Psychologists study everything about the human experience, from the basic workings of the human brain, to consciousness, memory, reasoning and language, along with personality and mental health.

Pupils will explore key scientific theories in relation to how people behave, think and feel, and will learn about important debates in Psychology, such as ‘nature vs nurture’. Pupils will examine how psychological theories evolve over time and how they inform our understanding of both conscious and subconscious behaviour. They will also explore qualitative and quantitative research methods and their associated benefits and drawbacks.

During 2017/18, our Year 11 pupils who selected Psychology as an option choice will be finishing a legacy course in GCSE Psychology, which they have been studying since the beginning of Year 10. This course will be discontinued from 2018/19 onwards.

Curriculum Overview
Year 11
Revision of all topics:

Topic A: How do we see our world?

This topic focuses on perception and illusions, drawing on biological and cognitive psychology.

Topic B: Is dreaming meaningful?

This topic addresses Freud’s dream theory and the theory of activation synthesis.

Topic C: Do TV and video games affect young people’s behaviour?

This topic covers causes of aggression including psychological and social causes.

Topic D: Why do we have phobias?

This topic considers social learning, conditioning and evolutionary causes of phobias.

Topic E: Are criminals born or made?

This topic considers proposed biological and social causes of criminality.


Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: EdExcel GCSE Psychology (2PS01)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

Useful Resources and Revision Support