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Psychology GCSE at Bradford College

Course description

If you have ever found yourself wondering what makes people tick or why people think, feel and behave the way they do; if you are interested in what motivates people or what is going on inside the brain; if you want to be inspired, moved and challenged; then Bradford College‚Äôs OCR GCSE Psychology course is for you.

Psychology will help you to understand different view points and explanations for a wide range of  human behaviour.

It is a fantastic all round course that is useful for a wide range of careers including prison work, law, human resources, mental health, social services, the voluntary sector, business, education, working with children, sales and indeed any job which requires strong communication skills.

GCSE Psychology will encourage you to be inspired, moved and challenged. It follows a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study, allowing you to understand how our knowledge of Psychology can be applied in real life. It also gives insight into related sectors, such as science and sociology.

Course content

At GCSE level, you will study five key approaches which all have core studies attached to them.

The approaches are Biological, Cognitive, Developmental and Social alongside Individual Differences. You will study Sex and Gender, Memory, Attachment, Obedience, Criminal Behaviour, Phobias, Criminal Behaviour, Perception, Cognitive Development, Non-verbal Communication and The Self.

You will also look at Research in Psychology and have the opportunity to conduct your own psychological research.

Entry requirements

GCSE English/English Literature at a minimum of Grade D.

If you do not have these qualifications you may still be considered (this could be based on results of an initial English assessment)



  • End of section tests
  • Mock examinations
  • Written assignments
  • Three written examinations set by the OCR exam board at the end of the course.

There is no assessed coursework. 

Future opportunities

Any course in Psychology equips you with the skills to survive in the real world. It will give you a greater understanding of why humans behave the way that they do. It won't make it possible for you to read peoples' minds but it will give you an insight into what makes them tick.

Psychology gives you fantastic skills and insight which can help you personally and professionally. Psychology is everywhere. The knowledge understanding and skills you gain from psychology will help you in any career choice but particularly if you would like to work with people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bradford College directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016
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