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IB: Group 3 -- Individuals & Society

Psychology: Standard Level only

What could this course lead to?

Psychology has links with lots of different university courses and careers. It is regarded as either a humanities subject or a social science, depending on the type of university course. Psychology is useful in a huge variety of university programmes, including sports, business, theatre, politics, biology, medicine, education and of course, psychology itself.

GCSEs required

Students will require GCSE in English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or     foreign equivalents. 

What will I be studying?

Psychology is the understanding of behaviour and experience. At Standard Level, three different perspectives on psychology will be considered: the biological level of analysis, the cognitive level of analysis and the socio-cultural level of analysis. For each of these approaches, relevant research will be reviewed and analysed and evidence supporting theories will be evaluated. There is also an option, and a simple experimental study (coursework).

What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?

Studying psychology provides students with a range of transferrable skills which will benefit them greatly at university. For example, modern psychology courses include elements of statistics, experimental analysis and evaluative skills. Students can use their knowledge of psychology to help them understand human behaviour relevant for a wide range of university courses as well as using the more general skills learned in psychology.

What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?

Psychology students need to have an interest in people, and what makes them ‘tick’. It is also helpful to be able to reflect on personal experiences. You will be expected to be able to construct and write essays and look at different arguments concerning a situation. Sometimes, there is no “right” answer, so psychology students need to evaluate evidence and come to logical conclusions.

How does the Higher Level differ to the Standard Level?

Psychology is only offered at Standard Level at Sidcot.

How is it examined?

Paper 1: (2 hours). 50% of the total mark; section A – three compulsory short answer questions, one on each level of analysis; section B – there are three essay questions; you have to choose one.

Paper 2: (1 hour). 25% of the total mark; there are three questions for each option; you have to choose one question. Simple experimental study 25%

Will I need to do coursework?

Yes. A simple experimental study, internally assessed and externally moderated, worth 25% of the total mark.

Examination method

Two written papers.

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