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IB Psychology at King Ethelbert School

Course description

Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes. It has its roots in both the natural and social science, leading to a variety of research designs and applications. It attempts a multi-dimensional analysis of human 
behaviour. Ethical concerns raised by past and present research are key considerations in IB Psychology. A student of Psychology is one who is OPEN-MINDED and INTERESTED in human behaviour and is thus ENQUIRING into 
causes of behaviour, THINKS about how to predict and control behaviour, and REFLECTS upon the factors related to both social and unsocial behaviour. The very nature of the subject enables its students to get insight into their own 
strengths and weaknesses of being human, by exploring those of others. 
Psychology is a homework-intensive subject that requires the student to regularly write essays about a certain aspect of behaviour. These responses are expected to be approximately 1000 words each. It will benefit students to be proficient 
in maths as statistical analysis constitutes a large part of the syllabus. 

Course content

1. Sudents will study the three compulsory levels of analysis (biological, cognitive and socio-cultural). This will be examined in Paper 1 of the exam. 
2. Students also study Abnormal Psychology. This will be examined in Paper 2 of the exam. 
3. Internal assessment: students conduct and report upon an experimental study. 
Inferential statistical analysis is required by all students, so their will be some simple mathematics in the course 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades, or equivalent, including English and Maths


PAPER 1: 2 hrs 
Section A: Three short questions on three Levels of Analysis. 
Section B: One extended response question on one of the levels of analysis. 
Maximum Marks = 46 weighting = 50% 
PAPER 2 : 1 hr 
One essay question from three possible questions on one of the seven options 
Maximum Marks = 22 weighting = 25% 
Simple experimental study conducted by each student. 
30 hrs teaching time. 
Assessed by teacher, moderated externally. 
Maximum Marks = 20 weighting = 25% 

Further information

See your Careers Advisor or Head of Sixth Form

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years