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Group Six IB Psychology HL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Abnormal Psychology – This module focuses on the diagnosis, explanation and treatment of humans suffering from psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
Biological Psychology – Students will investigate whether patterns of behaviour can be inherited, and to what extent the anatomy and physiology of our nervous system may influence behaviour.
Cognitive Psychology – In this module, topics such as memory, perception, artificial intelligence, amnesia and social cognition are studied.
Sociocultural Psychology – Students research how human behaviour and experience are affected by social context such as in groups and relationships.

Higher Level students Only
Sport Psychology and Qualitative Research Methodology. Sport Psychology focuses on aspects such as motivation, drug use in elite sport, overcoming anxiety and injury.

Higher Standard
Paper 1 2 Hours. Worth 35% of final mark 2 Hours. Worth 50% of final mark
Paper 2 2 Hours. Worth 25% of final mark 1 Hour. Worth 25% of final mark
Paper 3 1 Hour, worth 20% of final mark N/A
Coursework Worth 20% of final mark Worth 25% of final mark

What skills will you gain?
• Critical thinking, independent learning, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
• Research skills and an ability to interpret data.
• A strong understanding of key Psychological principles.
• The ability to identify and evaluate general patterns of behaviour.

Why do this subject?
Psychology is a very diverse subject, covering scientific principles (abnormal and biological psychology; cognitive and sport psychology), mathematical (research methods) and humanities (sociocultural psychology). Most excitingly, this course will give students an opportunity to explore the mechanics and underlying influences on behaviour, memory, psychological disorders and patterns of social interaction.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.

Future opportunities

Where will it lead? Psychology graduates are highly regarded by employers (Higher Education Careers Services Unit, November 2010). About 20% of Psychology graduates will work as professional psychologists. However, students of psychology are well placed for careers in: Education, Public Sector Work, Management and Human Resources, Health and Social Care, Finance, Journalism and Marketing / PR.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years