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Psychology IBD at The Abbey School

Course description

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It aims to understand how our minds process information such as memories and moods. Psychology uses principles from many other disciplines such as sociology, biology, maths and philosophy to determine what causes an individual or society to act in a certain way.

Course content

Studying psychology can provide you with a scientific toolkit to collect and analyse evidence about questions such as `can group decisions lead to war?’ ‘why do some people get depressed?’ or `how can road rage be controlled?’. It opens up opportunities to apply psychological knowledge at work, rest and play.

Entry requirements

5 9-4 GCSEs or equivalent


IB Diploma psychology students study four topics in their first year; biological, cognitive, and social and cultural psychology as well as research methods in psychology. In the second year of the course students apply their learning from the first year to an in-depth study of abnormal psychology and conduct their own piece of research for their internal assessment.

The assessment is 75% external examination at the end of the second year, and 25% internal assessment based on a written report of their engagement activity.

Future opportunities

Recognised and well respected by universities and employers, psychology can lead to further study in many subject areas, including psychology, sociology, biology, criminology, counselling, marketing and accounting.

Psychology can lead to a diverse range of jobs, including public service jobs, education, counselling, social work and stress management.

Further information

Please contact Mrs R Fletcher.

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: 24 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years