GCSE Psychology (EDEXCEL)
Welcome to GCSE Psychology at New College Swindon. Psychology is one of the most useful subjects that you can study as there is not a single job on the planet that does not have some form of psychology at its heart. Psychology is a science, so much of its content stems around the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics), but it also has elements of Maths and English Language.
This summer work will prepare you with research skills, critical thinking skills and a head start in the content covered in modules we teach giving you an idea what’s to come.
Use the internet and your knowledge of GCSE courses to complete the list of questions below.
1.Can you label these brain regions
Using the internet, find out what behaviours each region controls
|Region||Name||Behaviours responsible for|
Challenge: Which areas of the brain do you think are most important and why?
2. Can you find and fill in the missing information in this grid.
Piaget’s stages of cognitive development
|Stage||Name of Stage||Age||Behaviours|
|2There are two levels in this stage||2-4|
|2 There are two levels in this stage||4-7|
Write definitions for three of the behaviours you found above.
3. Using the website below, create a story board summarising the study. The boxes below have titles, which correspond to the information on the web page, are key parts of research you must know for the course. It is a good idea to get to grips with this structure now. This is to help you focus on all areas of the study. This is a key skill you will need for GCSE psychology https://applyingpiaget.wordpress.com/piagets-stages-of-development-theory/supporting-studies/the-three-mountain-task-piaget-and-inhelder-1956/
|Aim (What the researchers wanted to study)||2. Procedure (How the researchers went about conducting the research)|
|Findings (What the data told them about behaviour) 9||Conclusion (What does this research tell us about human behaviour?)|
Challenge: Do you think children’s behaviour is caused by nature (our biology) or Nurture (Learning though others) Why?
- What do you think memory is?
- Do you think there are different types of memory? If there are what might these be?
- How do you think memory might work?
- Is it possible to live without memory?
- Watch this video and write down your reactions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipD_G7U2FcM
Here are some question to help you.
- How did it make you feel watching the video?
- Could you live like this?
- How might Henry differ to someone that has dementia/ Alzheimer’s?
- How might you help Henry?
- What might your definition of mental health be?
- How many mental health disorders do you know?
- Read though this website (https://www.mind.org.uk/). To what extent do you think this is accessible to everyone? Do you think it is easy to understand? Is it informational? How might you improve it?
Careers in Psychology. https://www.jobsinpsychology.co.uk/
Here is a website with information about careers in psychology. Have a read and write down three careers you might be interested in if you were to continue to study psychology.
What do they do?
What do they do?
The Specification: take a look at what is taught. You might want to print a copy and highlight, tick the areas or topics you are most interested in. This will help your teachers next year know a little bit about you.
The Textbook: if you are interested in purchasing or have access to a copy, you might want to take a look at the textbook and read around topics of interest https://amzn.to/3deOlHO
Topic Guides: These are a more detailed breakdown of the content and the minimum amount of information you need to know. You might want to take a look at the key studies for each topic to have some idea about what you are going to study.
Intro to Psychology: Crash Course Psychology #1: Though these YouTube videos are predominantly designed for A-Level, this video gives you an idea what psychology is and how it developed.
Myths about psychology:
Popular Magazines: you might want to look at some articles on this website on areas that you are going to be taught or areas you might be interested in.
You should keep this work safe. This will help you next year.