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Director of Learning - Mr Daryl Taylor

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.


IB Standard Level in Psychology

Course Content

Strand 1

· The biological level of analysis

· The cognitive level of analysis

· The sociocultural level of awareness

Strand 2

· Abnormal psychology

· Developmental psychology

· Health psychology

· Psychology of human relationships

· Port psychology

Strand 3

· Introduction to experimental research methodology


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.