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IB Psychology *FEES PAYABLE* at Hurstpierpoint College

Course description

The syllabus in psychology contains four main parts. The first part is concerned with the perspectives, the second part with the options, the third part with research methodology and finally all students have to carry out their own experimental study. There are three main perspectives, the biological, the cognitive and the sociocultural. In addition to that higher level students also study the humanistic perspective. The options include comparative psychology, cultural psychology, psychology of dysfunctional behaviour, health psychology, lifespan psychology, psychodynamic psychology and social psychology. Students at Higher Level study two options whereas Standard Level students study one.

Each of the perspectives should be explored using the following four compulsory topics:

  • development and cultural contexts
  • framework
  • methodologies
  • application

Some of the aims of the psychology course are to:

  • interpret and/or conduct research to apply the resulting knowledge for the benefit of human beings
  • develop an understanding of the biological, social and cultural influences on human behaviour
  • develop an understanding of different theoretical processes that are used to interpret behaviour, and to be aware of how these processes lead to the construction and evaluation of psychological theories
  • develop an awareness of how applications of psychology in everyday life are derived from psychological theories

First, students must choose an experiment to replicate. When conducting the experiment, certain ethical guidelines must be followed. After the experiment has been completed, a written report must be produced detailing the experiment.

Financial information

Fees may be charged for this course

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hurstpierpoint College directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years