• Engage students in the process of psychological enquiry.
  • Help students develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • For students to develop an awareness of why psychology matters.
  • Enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of how psychology works and its essential role in society.
  • Support students in developing an understanding of the relationship between psychology and social, cultural, scientific and contemporary issues, and its impact on everyday life.

What makes people tick? Why do some people behave the way they do?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Psychologists observe and conduct experiments to find out more about the way people act and interact. They try to understand what motivates, challenges or changes us and use this understanding to help us tackle personal and social problems.

At Park Community School we intend to give students a broad introduction to a range of areas within Psychology, to help them develop critical and analytical thinking alongside developing research skills. The course will provide students with a sound understanding of the various methods and approaches in psychology at an introductory level. This will provide a basis for those students who are considering studying Psychology at a higher level.


Unit Topics and Notes
Memory This unit explores the processes and structures of our memory. We
will explore different models for how our memory works alongside case
studies of individuals with abnormal memories.
Through this unit you will explore how it is that we perceive the
world the way that we do. We will look at how the brain allows us to
see a stable consistent world, the role of nature and nurture in
perception, optical illusions and how other factors such as our
emotional state can affect our perception of the world.
Development This unit looks at how humans develop and learn. We will explore
early brain development, followed by investigating theories of
cognitive development and how learning can affect this development.
This unit is about how our mental abilities develop and the role
education plays in this.
Research Methods This unit is about how psychologists plan, carry out and evaluate
their research. It includes elements of the use of data, research
types and methodology and ethical issues relating to psychological
Social Influence Social Influence looks at how individuals interact with others, and
how others can alter our behaviour and responses. Topics range from
conformity and obedience, to prosocial and antisocial behaviour in
Language Thought and Communication This unit looks at the ways in which human beings communicate. We
will explore the relationship between language and thought, how human
communication is different from animal communication and the types
and influence of non-verbal communication.
Brain and Neuropsychology Brain and Neuropsychology introduces the structure and functions of
the brain and nervous system. It then moves on to explore how
developments in technology, particularly modern scanning techniques,
are advancing our understanding of psychology.
Psychological Problems
This unit offers an introduction to mental health, including its
characteristics and the challenges posed by mental health issues to
society today. This is followed by an exploration of two specific
examples of common mental health issues in the U.K; depression and


Students will leave us with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the way our minds work and the influence we have on each other as groups and individuals. They will be more self-aware, and they will leave us having developed critical and analytical thinking, alongside an appreciation of how scientific research is carried out. Students will leave with a GCSE demonstrating their achievement and progress in this, and more prepared to interact positively with society in modern Britain. They will leave fully prepared to continue studying Psychology at a higher level.