Have you ever wondered what someone else is thinking? How an individual came to be like that? Or why you sometimes do things you can't explain to yourself let alone to others? If the answer is yes, then Psychology is the subject for you. Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour; it is the study of people.


From a personal perspective, you should find the fundamental questions of psychologists interesting: "Why do I behave like this?", "Why do I feel like this?" and "Why do I think like this?" studying the ways in which psychologists approach human behaviour.


Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour; it is the study of people. This course enables you to:

Read and interpret body language
Understand how children develop emotionally and socially
Learn the difference between biological sex and gender identity
Understand the criminal mind
Examine how the brain works (e.g. why we forget names but not faces)


Psychology is a great subject to study because it offers such a varied set of skills, from considering different theories to looking at evidence from research to carrying out investigations to in-depth evaluation of controversial debates. You will learn about a variety of really interesting topics, such as what happens to our memory if we have a brain injury, why certain people become criminals, what is meant by schizophrenia, how we develop mentally, what makes us obey others and why we dream. You’ll also learn about how to conduct research and analyse the results as well as how to think critically.

At Smithills School Psychology GCSE is an option for years 10 to 11. We follow the new 9-1 OCR Syllabus, with more information available here.


GCSE Psychology is assessed by 3 examination papers at the end of year 11.

Where Can Psychology Take Me?

Studying Psychology gives you a wide range of skills that span both Science and the Arts. It opens up a range of Post 16 qualifications and career paths. Jobs directly related to a qualification in Psychology include Forensic Psychologist, Sports Psychologist and Educational Psychologist. However, jobs where qualifications might be useful include Counsellers, Psychotherapists and Advice Workers. 


Explore job families linked to qualifications in Psychology here.

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