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Psychology International Baccalaureate at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

Psychology is an IB group 3 option. The course aims to develop your understanding of human behaviour and to create an awareness of how psychological research can be applied for the benefit of human beings. Diverse methods of psychological inquiry are included.

Course content

Three sections of understanding are covered by both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) students, as follows:

ii) Part 1: Core - this deals with the biological level of analysis, the cognitive level of analysis and the sociocultural level of analysis – this is studied in Year 1

iii) Part 2: Options – SL students will follow one option, and HL students will study two options, from: abnormal psychology; developmental psychology; health psychology; the psychology of human relationships and sport psychology – this is covered in Year 2

iiii) Part 4: Simple experimental study – this provides an introduction to experimental research methodology. This takes the form of an internally assessed research project that you will complete in Year 2

In addition, HL students also complete Part 3: Qualitative research methodology – this is studied in Year 2

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study psychology should have at least a grade 5 in GCSE English and at least grade 5 in GCSE mathematics. There is no pre-requisite to have studied psychology at GCSE.


Standard Level students will be assessed through two written examinations at the end of the course and through an internally assessed report of a simple experimental study, conducted by the student. Higher Level students will sit three written examinations at the end of the course and will also be assessed internally on their report of a simple experimental study. For SL, the written papers account for 75 per cent of the marks on offer, and for HL, they account for 80 per cent.

Future opportunities

Students may consider university and Higher Education courses in a wide variety of subjects, including: behavioural biology; sports science; psychology; psychiatry; psychotherapy; animal behaviour; equine studies; business and management; neuroscience; sociology; philosophy or hotel management.

Psychology graduates are highly valued by corporate employers whose businesses rely on interaction with the public. Careers can cover many fields including marketing, advertising, human resources, retail, journalism, broadcasting, policy making, speech writing and tourism as well as counselling, motivational and lifestyle industries and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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