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Our GCSE Psychology online course will give you an invaluable introduction to psychology that'll help you understand what makes people tick, how emotions influence people's behaviour, and how psychological factors can be measured and analysed.

You'll learn about personality development and discover how attitudes and behaviours are shaped by psychology. You'll explore the importance of memory and the many non-verbal ways we communicate, along with the ways in which people often form opinions based on stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.

GCSE Psychology will also teach you about the ways we learn and the impact social influence has on our behaviour. You'll explore the workings of the brain and neuropsychology, and discover psychological problems and their treatments. You'll also consider the ethics of working within this sensitive field.

You'll learn effective research methods and how human psychology can be studied, recorded and analysed.

The study of psychology is incredibly useful in every aspect of life. You'll gain an insight into the motivations and thought processes of the people around you, making you a better negotiator, employee, and friend. As you discover how others think, you'll also better understand your own psyche and behavioural traits.

This course will prepare you for the AQA GCSE Psychology specification 8182 exam that takes place every summer from 2019 onwards.

Component 1: Cognition and behaviour

You’ll study the following units:

  1. Unit 1: Memory
  2. Unit 2: Perception
  3. Unit 3: Development
  4. Unit 4: Research methods

Component 2: Social context and behaviour

You’ll study the following units:

  1. Unit 5: Social influence
  2. Unit 6: Language, thought and communication
  3. Unit 7: Brain and neuropsychology
  4. Unit 8: Psychological problems

The GCSE Psychology course is suitable for you if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's the perfect foundation if you're thinking about studying Psychology at a higher level, and can count towards entry requirements for a number of college and university courses.

The study of psychology will be useful if you want to work in fields such as health, social work, education, counselling or HR.

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our GCSE Psychology course. That's because we believe in making learning - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible. 

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

A GCSE in Psychology will give you vital skills that can lead on to A Level, college or university study in psychology and a wide range of other fields.

Degree-level study of psychology could lead to jobs such as:

  1. Clinical psychologist
  2. Counselling psychologist
  3. Educational psychologist
  4. Forensic psychologist
  5. Further education teacher
  6. Health psychologist
  7. Occupational psychologist
  8. Primary care graduate mental health worker
  9. Sport and exercise psychologist
  10. Careers adviser
  11. Psychotherapist

The study of psychology is also valuable in fields such as education, health, HR, marketing and media.

When it comes to finding a job, you'll find your Psychology GCSE will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

If you're aiming to attend university, you'll likely continue your study with A Levels. If you have a specific course in mind, you should contact the institution directly to find out their entry requirements.

You could also do an apprenticeship, or take a vocational course related to a specific job or sector such as an NVQ or BTEC.


We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step units so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Resources
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

This course is self-contained so you will be able to excel in your exams without having to use extra textbooks. However, we do recommend that you do read as widely as you can, and the following books are a great starting point:

  1. Woods, B., Holt, N., Lewis, R. and Carrington, V. (2012) AQA GCSE Psychology Understanding Psychology, 4th revised edition, Hodder Education (ISBN: 978- 1444168334)
  2. Boswell, K., Harris, S., Helliwell, D., McKenzie, J. and Stanley, M. (2009) AQA GCSE Psychology Student Book, Nelson Thorne (ISBN: 978-1408503959)

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, and assessments, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

This course will prepare you for the annual AQA GCSE Psychology specification 8182 exams. The first exams take place in Summer 2019.

You'll sit two exams for the specification 8182 GCSE in Psychology:

  1. Paper 1 - 8182/1 - Written Paper - 1 hour 45 mins
  2. Paper 2 - 8182/2 - Written Paper - 1 hour 45 mins

Each paper is worth 50% of the GCSE and 100 marks. They contain a mix of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing question types. 

Important Exam Information

Please note that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll remind you when it's time to do this, and you'll arrange to sit your exams as a private candidate at a local school or college. The school or college will charge a fee for this.

Find out more about arranging your exams here.

Exam fees aren't included in your course fees, as they'll be paid directly to the exam centre. The cost will vary depending on the centre you choose, with private schools and colleges being more expensive than state schools. 

Find out more about arranging your exams here, or speak to one of our course advisors. We're happy to help!