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Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
Grade 5 in English (language or literature)

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Why study IBCP Psychology?

What will I study during the course duration?

  • Unit 1: The Biological Approach is the study of how the brain, hormones and genetics influence human behaviours such as memory and aggression. 
  • Unit 2: The Cognitive Approach is the study of how patterns of thinking, decision making and emotions influence human behaviours such as memory and stereotyping.
  • Unit 3: The Sociocultural Approach is the study of cultural differences and how these influence human behaviours such as conformity and prejudice.
  • Unit 4: Relationships is the study of the formation of romantic and other personal relationships as well as the factors which contribute to the success or failure of these relationships.
  • Unit 5: Developmental Psychology is the study of the cognitive, biological and social factors which influence the development of children and the impact these have on successful future outcomes.

The internal assessment component allows students to undertake a group research project through replicating an existing research study. Students acquire the knowledge and skills required to conduct, analyse and evaluate scientific research which successfully prepares them for higher education.

How will I be assessed?

Higher Level IB Psychology is a 2 year course which consists of 5 units of study and an internal assessment (coursework) element.

The units of study form the basis of 3 examinations worth 80% of the final grade and the internal assessment accounts for 20% of the final grade. 

Career opportunities and Future study

The skills that you learn when studying psychology are very broad and can be applied to many areas of work. 

Many universities around the UK offer Psychology as a course, most of these are BPS accredited which is desired among employers in the field and required for further studies in psychology.

As mentioned psychology can lead to a variety of careers but some specifically related ones include counsellor, clinical psychologist, teacher, researcher, educational psychologist, sports psychologist, forensic psychologist and so many more.