Curriculum Intent

The course is designed to inspire and engage learners by

providing a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course

of study which develops an understanding of the ideas and

values that characterise the self and others. Learners will be

equipped with a psychological literacy that enables them to

apply their knowledge and skills in their everyday lives,

including making informed decisions about further study and

career choices.

Learners will be encouraged to:

  • Use specialist vocabulary, psychological concepts, terminology and conventions to engage in the process of psychological enquiry.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of psychology, developing an understanding of self and others and how psychological understanding can help to explain everyday social phenomena.
  • Understand how psychological research is conducted, including the role of scientific method and data analysis.
  • Present information, develop arguments and draw conclusions through a critical approach to psychological evidence, developing as reflective thinkers.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between psychology and personal, moral, social and cultural issues and develop an understanding of ethical issues in psychology.
  • Develop an understanding of psychological issues, the contribution of psychology to individual, social and cultural diversity and how psychology contributes to society.


Programmes of Study

The OCR GCSE (9-1) Psychology course is a level 2 qualification. The course consists of seven units:

  1. Criminal Psychology
  2. Development
  3. Psychological Problems
  4. Research Methods
  5. Social Influence
  6. Memory
  7. Sleep & Dreaming

All of the units, except research methods, requires students to learn about key concepts, two key theories, two core studies and applications. Research methods focuses on the ways that psychologists investigate behaviour. Research methods and neuropsychology have been embedded throughout the course.


Marking and Assessment

Classwork and homework will be marked according to the Faculty marking policy. Exam-style questions will be assessed following the OCR mark schemes.


There are two untiered exams at the end of Year 11. Each exam is 90mins long and features multiple choice questions, short answer questions and a 13mark essay question.

Paper 1 includes Criminal Psychology, Development, Psychological Problems and Research Methods.

Paper 2 includes Social Influence, Memory, Sleep & Dreaming and Research Methods.


Revision Guides/Supporting Resources

OCR GCSE (9-1) Psychology: My Revision Notes – Mark Billington - Hodder Publishing

Students will be able to purchase this revision guide at a discounted cost through Parent Pay.

OCR GCSE (9-1) Psychology – Mark Billington & Helen Kitching - Hodder Publishing both print and eTextbook

Students will share the printed texts when required during lessons and the eTextbook will be available for their personal use at home.

Other resources will be provided as necessary.

Staff Details

GCSE Psychology is a subject within the Humanities Faculty.

Miss Halsall – Teacher of Science and Psychology


Careers and Progression

This course develops a variety of skills, including numeracy, literacy, ICT, scientific enquiry and critical thinking, that can be applied to various other qualifications. The course content also compliments other subjects, such as Sports, Health & Social Care and Biology. The skills learnt in Psychology can assist in the progression to numerous level 3 courses, including ‘A’ level Psychology, ‘A’ level Sociology, BTEC Health & Social Care, etc. An understanding of Psychology can benefit many careers, including but not limited to:

  • Sports coaching;
  • Teaching;
  • Social work;
  • Educational Psychology;
  • Marketing;
  • Project management;
  • Journalism;
  • Armed Forces;
  • Medicine.

Progress Ladder - Psychology