GCSE Psychology Level 2 (2021 version)

Full Time

About the course

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. Psychologists observe, try to understand and predict human behaviour. We examine a wide range of psychological topics and try to answer questions such as these.

You will learn to appreciate the importance of experimental and other investigatory work in the study of Psychology and develop an awareness of the usefulness, and limitations, of the scientific method.

The course includes the following topics:

  • Memory
  • Research methods and ethics
  • Development of psychological problems
  • The brain
  • Social influence
  • Child Development

Entry requirements

Minimum of three GCSEs at grades 3 or above, including GCSE English Language and Science. You should also have GCSE Mathematics at grade 3.

Where next?

Psychology is useful in everyday life. The emphasis on understanding behaviour gives valuable insights for those working with people and is particularly valued in all the caring professions, human resources, the media, marketing, teaching and the police and security services.

If you are serious about continuing in Psychology to A Level, you would have to get 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language, Maths and Double Science

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will need a folder to keep notes and handouts. We recommend that you buy your own textbook for use at home.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: megan.shirley@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk