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Psychology is offered in Key Stage 5 as part of Group 3 of the IB Diploma. (IB Diploma- Higher Level (Exam Board- IBO))

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. - William James (1842-1910)

Pupils gain knowledge and understanding of the basic psychological approaches (biological, cognitive and sociocultural), research methods (qualitative and quantitative) and applied psychology (Abnormal and Health Psychology).

Additionally students complete their own replication of a research experiment and complete a 1,500-2,000 word scientific report.

Physiology and psychology cover, between them, the field of vital phenomena; they deal with the facts of life at large, and in particular with the facts of human life. - Wilhelm Wundt

Cross-curricular skills are used in Psychology;

  • Science to apply knowledge of the brain, central nervous and endocrine systems and genetics directly to human behaviour through the Biological Level of Analysis and application of scientific method through students designing, conducting and writing up their own research in a scientific report for their Internal Assessment.
  • Mathematical skills are used to analyse data from their own research, including using inferential statistical tests.
  • English/literacy skills are used through the writing of extensive essays and finally, critical thinking skills are naturally embedded in the course as we analyse the validity of studies and theories.

Psychology naturally lends itself to the international focus of the IB as we research behaviour in a variety of cultures.

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