Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11Psy 1

We follow the AQA specification for our GCSE course. The course is split into two halves. The first is called, ‘Making sense of other people’, and includes the study of the following topics:

  • Memory (explanations of memory processes, why do we forget? How accurate are eyewitness testimonies?)
  • Non-verbal communication (How do we communicate? Eye contact, facial expressions, body language and personal space.)
  • Development of Personality (What is personality? What is temperament? How is personality measured? Eysenck’s type theory of personality. What is antisocial personality disorder and what are the causes?)
  • Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination (What is stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination? Explanations of prejudice. Ways of reducing prejudice and discrimination.)
  • Research methods (What is the experimental method? What are sampling methods? How do you deal with data? What are the ethical considerations?)


The second half of the course is called, ‘Understanding other people’, and includes the study of the following topics:

  • Learning (Classical and operant conditioning, understanding and helping to reduce/eradicate phobias, token economy programmes and aversion therapy.)
  • Social Influence (What is conformity? What is obedience? What is deindividuation? What is bystander intervention? How does this relate to the real world?)
  • Sex and Gender (Difference between sex and gender. The Psychodynamic theory of gender development. The Social Learning theory of gender development. The Gender Schema theory of gender development. Evaluations of each theory.)
  • Aggression (Biological, Social Learning and Psychodynamic causes of aggression. Biological, Social Learning and Psychodynamic ways of reducing aggression.)
  • Further research methods (Survey methods, observational studies, case studies and correlation. What are they all? What are the strengths and weaknesses of them?)

Psy 2