This subject is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.
Research, analysis and experimental skills are developed at both Higher Level and Standard Level. Psychology at Higher Level is an excellent preparation for the study of psychology or other social sciences at university. If taken at Standard Level or Higher Level it is an excellent addition to all other applications including medicine.
IB psychology consists of both internal and external assessment. The internal assessment is worth 20% of the final assessment where students are required to design, undertake, analyse and report an experimental study. The external assessment consists of examinations worth 80%. There are two papers at Standard Level and three for Higher Level.
This course is an ideal preparation for the study of most university subjects but particularly psychology, experimental psychology, philosophy, history, law, politics, business studies and medicine. Psychology provides skills that are relevant to most careers but particularly for clinical psychology, organisational psychology, human resources, medicine, social work, law, education and public services.
You need at least six GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range in a broad range of subjects, including English, maths and a science. There is no expectation of previous study in psychology.