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AQA GCSE Psychology

Unit Code: 8182

How To Revise For GCSE Psychology

This section provides revision resources for the new 9-1 GCSE psychology specification for the AQA exam board. This specification is being taught from September 2017 with the first exams in June 2019.

The specification unit code is 8182.

When are the GCSE Psychology exams?

  • The exam itself consists of two papers.
  • Paper 1 has the unit code 8182/1.
  • Paper 2 has the unit code 8182/2.
  • The Paper 1 exam is on 21st May 2020 (PM) and is 1hr 45 minutes.
  • The Paper 2 exam is on 5th June 2020 (PM) and is  1hr 45 minutes.

What topics will I be learning?

There are a total of 8 topics (chapters) within your GCSE Psychology course that you will need to learn.

Paper 1 will consist of the following topics:

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research Methods

Paper 2 will consist of the following topics:

  • Social Influence
  • Language, Thought and Communication
  • Brain Neuropsychology
  • Psychological Problems

You can find all the chapters and revision resources covering everything you need to know for your exams below.

Chapter 1: Memory
  • Processes of memory: encoding (input) storage and retrieval (output)
  • Structures of memory
  • Memory as an active process
Chapter 2: Perception
  • Sensation and perception
  • Visual cues and constancies
  • Gibson’s direct theory of perception – the influence of nature
  • Visual illusions
  • Gregory’s constructivist theory of perception – the influence of nature
  • Factors affecting perception
Chapter 3: Development
  • Early brain development
  • Piaget’s stage theory and the development of intelligence
  • The role of Piaget’s theory in education
  • The effects of learning on development
Chapter 4: Research Methods
  • Formulation of testable hypotheses
  • Types of variable
  • Sampling methods
  • Designing research
  • Correlation
  • Research procedures
  • Planning and conducting research
  • Ethical considerations
  • Quantitative and qualitative data
  • Primary and secondary data
  • Computation
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Interpretation and display of quantitative data
  • Normal distributions
Chapter 5: Social Influence
  • Conformity
  • Obedience
  • Prosocial behaviour
  • Crowd and collective behaviour
Chapter 6: Language, Thought and Communication
  • The possible relationship between language and thought
  • The effect of language and thought on our view of the world
  • Differences between human and animal communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Explanations of non-verbal behaviour
Chapter 7: Brain Neuropsychology
  • Structure and function of the nervous system
  • Neuron structure and function
  • Structure and function of the brain
  • An introduction to neuropsychology
Chapter 8: Psychological Problems
  • An introduction to mental health
  • How the incidence of significant mental health problems changes over time
  • Effects of significant mental health problems on individuals and society
  • Characteristics of clinical depression
  • Theories of depression
  • Interventions or therapies for depression
  • Characteristics of addiction
  • Theories of addiction
  • Interventions or therapies for addiction
Past Exam Papers & Mark Schemes
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 1 Exam Paper 2019
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 2 Exam Paper 2019
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 1 Mark Scheme 2019
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 2 Mark Scheme 2019
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 1 Exam Paper 2018
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 2 Exam Paper 2018
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 1 Mark Scheme 2018
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 2 Mark Scheme 2018
Workbooks / Resources / Quizzes
  • Download Memory Workbook
  • Download Perception Workbook
  • Download Development Workbook
  • Download Research Methods Workbook
  • Download Social Influence Workbook

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5 Comments

  1. Hi Shae, I’m loving the GCSE Psychology content – thank you! Any idea when the workbooks will be available to download?

    Cheers, Tracey

    • Hi Tracey!
      It’s tough to give an ETA as were currently working on GCSE History in our spare time (I’m really sorry, I wish I could give you an exact time-frame beyond ‘soon’).
      They are coming and will be up as we have a clear idea on what they will include but its just a matter of finishing the current content we are working on first!
      -Shae

  2. Hello

    I have signed up but cant seem to download workbooks or past papers. In need of the May 2019 paper 1 – as I want to use it as a mock later this week. Can you help?
    Thanks
    Sam

  3. plz add geography economics and science

    • We’ll add all 3 to the roadmap. I can’t promise when they will be up but can promise we will do them at some point yes,
      -Shae

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