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Psychology (Higher & Standard) International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Notley High School and Braintree sixth form

Course description

Psychology is a study of human behaviour. Its aim is to accurately define and describe the causes of behaviour so people can practically understand, predict and change it. One of the goals of the IB Psychology course is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire a better understanding of how the human mind works and how this affects behaviour, by studying individuals, groups and societies.

Students will be looking at classic and modern research done in the field of psychology. They will explore experimental design, methodology and ethics. Students will be asked to understand, evaluate, and even design and carry out their own research studies. In doing this, students will learn what constitutes effective and ethical psychological research.

Students following this course need to be open-minded and tolerant of ambiguity and to enjoy debating complex and sensitive issues.

What is an IB Diploma?

Students on the IB Diploma study six subjects, and follow three core development programmes. The six subjects must be chosen from carefully defined groups of subjects so that students will all include English, Maths, a second language, a science and a humanity amongst their studies.

The nine parts of the diploma (6 subjects + 3 core development programmes) are as follows:

Subject 1: the main fluent language

Subject 2: a second language which can be studied at a more advanced level (language B) or at a beginner’s level

Subject 3: a subject from the Individuals and Societies group of subjects. This is broadly humanities

Subject 4: a science subject. This includes both traditional separate sciences as well as a combined science and geography course (Environmental Systems)

Subject 5: a Maths subject                         

Subject 6: an arts subject or a second subject from one of the other 5 groups of subjects

Core 1: an extended essay of 4000 words which students write on a topic of their own choice

Core 2: a ToK (Theory of Knowledge) course which involves learning about the nature of knowledge and its limitations

Core 3: CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). This is a personal development programme which students follow, typically for an afternoon a week over the two year course. Students must involve themselves in activities which develop their creativity, their active involvement and their community service

Entry requirements

Students would be expected to have a good level of achievement in a range of GCSE courses including Science and Humanities subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notley High School and Braintree sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September