“Human nature is what makes us to be what we are. It is our very selves. The study of it, therefore, cannot but be deeply interesting”.


—John Gibson Macvicar

Psychology is the ultimate study of the why and how of human and animal behaviour. Human nature is fascinating, yet for the all the answers that we have, there are always more questions to be asked, and more answers to discover.


Psychologists study brain functions and behaviour patterns to best understand the way humans think and develop. Psychology students consider diverse and intriguing ideas, whilst they analyse and evaluate different psychological concepts.

Whilst at Concord, those interested in psychology can choose to join the student-led Psychology and Behavioural Economics society, which is well supported by both students and staff.

Form 3

Concord students can begin studying Psychology in Form 3, where the ‘Introduction to Psychology’ is popular.



Mode of assessment
100% examination

The GCSE Psychology course offers an engaging and educational introduction to Psychology.

The first year of study, in Form 4, covers Cognitive Psychology, which forms an understanding of memory processes, visual perception and theories of cognitive development. The second year introduces Social and Neuropsychological modules, covering social obedience, neurons and the brain, linguistics, and psychological issues such as depression and addiction.

Further study

Beyond GCSE, Sixth Form students who are interested in Psychology can choose to expand their knowledge in an EPQ project. Examples of EPQ research projects that relate to Psychology by Concord students include:

  • How do semantic and acoustic coding influence the formation of false memory?
  • What is the best solution to reduce gambling caused by irrational beliefs?
  • Does Cognitive Stimulation Therapy improve the memory of elderly people in a care home?
  • Positive Psychology (the Science of Well-being).


Success in Psychology GCSE opens up a world of working with and understanding other people. Those who have studied and are interested in Psychology may find work in the education, sport, healthcare or criminal justice fields.

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