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Psychology IB at Hugh Christie School

Course description

About the Course


Board IB Diploma Programme (Standard Level)


Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychology provides a unique approach to understanding modern society.


IB Psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive (thinking) and sociocultural influences on human behaviour.


Understanding how psychological knowledge is
generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour.


The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are key considerations in IB psychology.


Course content

Units of Study


Part 1

· The biological level of analysis

· The cognitive level of analysis

· The sociocultural level of awareness



Part 2

· Abnormal psychology

· Developmental psychology

· Health psychology

· Psychology of human relationships

· Port psychology



Part 3

· Introduction to experimental research methodology


Entry requirements

Students need to have a passion for the subject and be willing to embrace change. These students should have four Grades 9 to 4 including a grade 4 or higher in English and Maths.  



Paper 1

· 2 hours

· 3 compulsory questions

· 1 essay question from a choice of 3 titles

· 50% of the course



Paper 2

· 1 hour

· 1 essay question from a selection of 15 titles

· 25% of the course



Internal Assessment

· A report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student.

· 25% of the course.


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: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Ps

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