IB Group 3: Psychology
Psychology may be taken as either a Group 3 or Group 6 subject.
The IB specification sums up Psychology as the ‘meeting ground for both the natural and the social sciences’ as it approaches the study of human behaviour in a systematic way whilst also taking a philosophical approach to the subject matter. Students will gain a greater understanding of the nature of human beings as individuals and as members of social groups and will also explore cultural differences in behaviour.
Students learn about the biological, cognitive/learning and sociocultural perspectives. Options are chosen from clinical psychology; health psychology; developmental psychology; sport psychology; the psychology of human relationships – SL students select one option and HL students two options. In addition, all students study research methodology in preparation for the completion of an experimental study.
Assessment is in the form of examination on psychological perspectives and option(s) taken. HL students are also examined on research methodology. All students undertake and write up an experimental study.
Skills gained on this course
- Knowledge and understanding of the biological, social and cultural influences on human behaviour in and beyond the student’s own society
- The ability to analyse and evaluate psychological concepts and theories and apply them to everyday situations
- The ability to understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry and conduct psychological research.
Psychology students enter a range of professions. Students who intend pursue a psychology based career such as clinical psychology must study at a university with accreditation from the British Psychological Society. Psychology provides a useful basis for further studies in a range of disciplines such as criminology, law, sociology, business studies and management and those which require a biological or mathematical background.