Pearson Edexcel GCSEs Psychology (9-1) from 2017

Exploring human behaviour

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for GCSE (9-1) Psychology from 2017 (first assessment 2019), including our accredited Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Psychology specification and sample assessment materials.

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We’re offering the full range of optional topics to make sure you can meet the specific needs and interests of your students as they develop their understanding of human behaviour.

We’ve carefully selected contemporary and engaging studies relevant to today’s student, with some of the practical experiments suited to a classroom setting.

We’ve listened to your feedback and will retain the approach you’ve told us you like from our current specification. Topics will be structured around key questions, providing a hook for teachers and students.

To help you plan for 2017 with confidence, we’ll provide all the support you need to become familiar with new subject content, research methods and maths skills.

We’ve considered the progression from GCSE to A level and have differentiated the content where possible to maintain student interest in the subject as they progress to AS/A level.

Edexcel GCSE Psychology 2017 draft specification
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General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level 1/2
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What's changing

GCSE (9-1) Psychology 2017: What's changing

Our approach

We’re working with the teaching community, higher education and subject associations to design our new qualifications for 2017. Our ambition is to develop a psychology qualification that you will know and recognise, but updated in line with the subject content changes and in response to your feedback.

These changes will apply to all awarding organisations’ specifications:

  • The course will still be assessed through 100% exam.
  • Research methods content must make up 20% of the qualification.
  • Maths skills make up 10% of the qualification (50% of the research method content).
  • There are now 5 compulsory topics that all students must learn: Memory, Development, Psychological Problems, Social Influence and The Brain and Neuropsychology.
  • Centres will have a choice of 2 optional topics from a list of 5: Language, Communication and Thought, Criminal Psychology, Perception, The Self and Sleep and Dreaming. Awarding organisations can decide which of these options they offer.
  • There are named theories in the subject content for the compulsory and optional topics.

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Free Getting Ready To Teach events

Our free Getting Ready to Teach events will support you in delivering our new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Psychology specificaion for first teaching from September 2017.

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If you were unable to go to one of our launch events, you can view the presentation here. 

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This presentation was last updated on 14th November 2016. You can download the slides or listen to the presentation below.

GCSE (9-1) Psychology Launch Event presentation

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