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Psychology International Baccalaureate group 3 subject at Dane Court Grammar School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes.  It is a complex subject which draws on concepts, methods and understandings from a number of different disciplines.  Human beings are complex animals, with highly developed frontal lobes, cognitive abilities, involved social structures and cultures.  The study of behaviour and mental processes requires a multidisiplinary approach and the use of a variety of research techniques.  IB Psychology helps us understand a range of topics from a biological, cognitive and socio-cultural approach enabling students to adopt a holistic approach.

Course content

1. Both higher level and standard level students will study the three compulsory levels of analysis (biological, cognitive and sociocultural). This will be examined in paper 1 of the exam.

2. Higher level students study two options from a possible five including sport, abnormal, developmental relationships or health psychology. Standard level students study only one option. This will be examined in paper 2 of the exam.

3. Higher level students study qualitative research methodology. This will be examined in paper 3 of the exam.

4. Internal assessment: higher level and standard level students conduct and report upon an experimental study. Inferential statistical analysis and a more in-depth approach are required of higher level students but not required of standard level students. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirements:

International Baccalaureate Diploma:  6 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5  at GCSE or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme:  3 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5  at GCSE or equivalent.

Assessment

Higher level

Paper 1

Section A: Three short-answer questions on the core approaches to psychology

Section B: One essay from a choice of three on the biological, cognitive and sociocultural approaches to behaviour. (49 marks) 40%

Paper 2

Two questions; one from a choice of three on each of two options (44 marks) 20%

Paper 3

Three short-answer questions from a list of six static questions on approches to research (24 marks) 20%

Internal assessment (20 hours)

This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

External study

A report on an experimental study undertaken by the studne (22 marks) 20%

Standard Level

Paper 1

Section A: three short-answer questions on the core approaches to psychology (27 marks)

Section B One essay from a choice of three on the biological, cognitive and sociocultural approaches to behaviour (22 marks)

(Total 29 marks) 50%

Paper 2

One question from a choice of three on one option (22 marks) 25%

Internal assessment (20 hours)

This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

Experimental study

A report on an experimental study undertaken by the student.  (22 marks) 25%

Further information

This course is offered as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, or as part of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme.

 

The International Baccalaureate Diploma

The IB Diploma is made up of six subject groups together with a core comprising of three parts. 

Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups.  Three of these subjects are studied at higher level and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level.  Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5.  However, instead of a group 6 subject, a candidate may select an additional subject from groups 2 to 4.

The three core requirements are the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service.

 

The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme

The IB Career-Related Programme aims to provide a curriculum for students that will equip them for further education and also the world of work.  It combines the academic rigour and principles of the IB with well-established vocational qualifications and a unique ‘core’ course.

The IB Career-Related Programme is made up of:

A vocational course worth 2 A levels

Two IB subjects at standard level

A ‘core’ comprising:

·         Approaches to Learning

·         Reflective Project

·         Community in service

·         Basic language skills

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: 13 November 2018
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