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We want students who choose Psychology at Cranbury College to have fun with this subject and open their minds; Learning about human behaviour enlightens us all!.

Students will be encouraged to explore their opinions through discussion, learn about theories and key studies as well as develop critical thinking. Students will undertake practical research and see how the fruits of their labours, can provide tangible data for them to analyse. Being able to evaluate theories and demonstrate their research capabilities, is a key component of gaining a good grade.


Key Stage 4

The GCSE course is offered as an option subject to KS4 (Years 10 and 11) and KS5 students, and comprises 2 sections:

Cognition and Behaviour:
  • Research Methods (underpins every topic as we explore how research is carried out, the development of a code of ethics and the value of individual studies).
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
Social context and Behaviour.
  • Social influence
  • Language, thought and communication
  • Brain and neuropsychology
  • Psychological problems

Biological facts about the brain and nervous system are investigated alongside philosophical questions about ethics and values. The topics range through various areas of psychological study, always combining scientific enquiry with speculation about the implications, and interpretations of findings.


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Psychology GCSE is a useful foundation for A level Psychology. It is also highly relevant for students whose career pathway involves work in many different fields, including:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Marketing
  • The armed forces
  • The caring professions
  • The police.

For further information, please contact:  Julia Bray (email: