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Psychology IB Higher Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

The IB Psychology course involves the study of
the human mind and behaviours. It will give you a
better understanding of yourself and other people
and the ability to apply that understanding to your
everyday life. Psychology complements a wide
range of subjects across the Arts and Sciences
spectrum and you will be equipped with a variety
of skills from scientific research and analysis to
ethical and cultural discourse.

Course content

What will I study?

Psychology can be studied at
both Higher Level and Standard Level. Both routes
consist of the same core material with additional
requirements for those who choose HL.
In the first year both routes will study the core
syllabus, covering biological, cognitive and
sociocultural levels of analysis with HL students
also studying qualitative research methodology.
The second year will include several weeks
working on individual experimental studies
followed by the optional units; one for SL and two
for HL.
The optional units are:
• Abnormal Psychology
• The Psychology of Human Relationships




Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

IB students take three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level.For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths. Further information about entry requirements can be found on p.73 of the prospectus or on the website (addlink to website).Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action & Service.

If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas (link to Additional Information, 6 Bac International Baccalaureate Diploma). You also need to choose one from each of the subject option blocks. The blocks can be found here .

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How will I be assessed?
SL and HL students:
Paper 1: Three short answer questions and one
essay on the core syllabus (biological, cognitive
and sociocultural levels of analysis).
Paper 2: One (SL) or two (HL) essays on the
optional units of the syllabus.
Coursework: You will carry out and write a report
on a simple experimental study.
HL only:
Paper 3: Questions on an unseen text related to
Qualitative Research Methods.

Future opportunities

Further Study

* If you want to continue with your formal study of psychology, IB Psychology is the perfect preparation for a degree in Psychology or the Natural Sciences


Job Prospects

* Once qualified at degree level, you could specialise into using your psychological knowledge and skill in a number of fields - for example educational psychology (in schools); a clinical psychology (with patients); occupational psychology (in the workplace).



* In addition, the study of psychology will enhance any further education you do and any career path you take. Just as importantly, it will help you in life itself, to understand the world around you - and the world within you - from a psychological viewpoint.


Further information

What will I need to bring to the course?


* You dont need to have studied psychology before, or have any background in the subject.


* Youll need to bring an interest in people and the way they behave, think and feel within your own and other cultures.


* You also need to be rigorous, analytical and challenging in applying that interest. (Remember that psychology is a science.)


* Youll need to be able to reflect maturely on your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours during the course, and to cooperate with other students as they do the same.


What extra-curricular activities will there be?


* As well as the normal seminar programme we will also have a number of outside speakers in subjects such as criminology, counselling and relationship psychology.


* We would hope to include some field trips on the course. However, much of your field work will be closer to home, perhaps doing a survey on the streets of Cambridge, or reporting back on what you observed of yourself and other people during daily life.



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: 31 October 2018
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