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Psychology

'At the core of the DP psychology course is an introduction to three different approaches to understanding behaviour: the biological, cognitive and sociocultural approaches. Students study and critically evaluate the knowledge, concepts, theories and research that have developed the understanding in these fields.' (IBO Subject Brief)

May 2021 Examination Changes

The IBO has announced significant changes to the assessment methods for the May 2021 Examination period. Almost all subjects have seen the weighting of certain papers amended, the length of exams reduced, and many have seen entier assessment components removed.

Psychology Examinations Changes for May 2021

Paper 2 (SL) removed - Used to weigh 25%
Paper 2 (HL) amended - Students only answer 1 questions (instead of 2). Still weighs 25%
Paper 3 (HL) removed - Used to weigh 20%

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Our 'May 2021 Examinations Report' goes into detail into all the changes the IBO have announced for every IB subject, as well as how to to respond and work with educators to minimise disruption as much as possible.
'May 2021 Examination Changes' Report ↗
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Psychology doesn’t only offer a great insight into the behaviour of those who surround us, but also provides students with a better understanding of the functioning of their own minds and of our ways of functioning together as a society.

IB psychology graduates will  accumulate the necessary skills and knowledge for a variety of careers and academic fields, on top of which they will also be better prepared for understanding and navigating the world and the social interactions that they will come across throughout life.

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This subject's group:
Group 3: Individuals & Societies
Studying any one of these subjects provides for the development of a critical appreciation of human experience and behaviour, the varieties of physical, economic and social environments that people inhabit and the history of social and cultural institutions.
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Advice from our tutors

Psychology is a subject which requires the memorisation of a lot of knowledge. This can seem overwhelming and as such it is important to pace yourself and ensure a certain level of consistency and organisation in the study of this subject. Furthermore, it is important to realise that every student has their own method of understanding and learning, so you need to find what works best for you and to plan frequent study sessions in advance .

Assessment

Students taking IB Psychology will be exposed to a holistic way of understanding the human mind and human behaviour. With a focus on the different approaches, (biological, cognitive and sociocultural) used in the study and understanding of human behaviour as well as one or two optional topics, depending on the level at which this subject is taken, students will also be exposed to the different ethical and methodological concerns that surround psychological research. Students will also have an opportunity to apply this knowledge through their internal assessment.

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As a subject which offers a great framework for a better understanding of the human mind, psychology can prove very useful in many academic disciplines as well as in a variety of careers. For students who are passionate by this subject and would like to further pursue it through their university studies, IB Psychology offers a great basis for the study of degrees such as Psychology or Neuroscience. For those who choose different paths, the study of psychology will always be a great asset in many careers such as but not limited to: social work, business, marketing, advertising, forensics, human resources and even finance

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Brief & Examinations
Read the information provided for this subject by the IBO.
Subject Brief ↗Announced Exams (May 2021) ↗

Read more about Psychology

Psychology doesn’t only offer a great insight into the behaviour of those who surround us, but also provides students with a better understanding of the functioning of their own minds and of our ways of functioning together as a society.

IB psychology graduates will  accumulate the necessary skills and knowledge for a variety of careers and academic fields, on top of which they will also be better prepared for understanding and navigating the world and the social interactions that they will come across throughout life.

Need help chosing your IB subjects?
Chemistry or Biology? Maths HL or SL? Choosing DP subjects can feel like a ticking time bob. We've been helping IB families weigh their options for nearly a decade and can help you make sure you balance your future plans and aptitude with loving your IB subjects.
IB Subject Selection >
This subject's group:
Group 3: Individuals & Societies
Studying any one of these subjects provides for the development of a critical appreciation of human experience and behaviour, the varieties of physical, economic and social environments that people inhabit and the history of social and cultural institutions.
Find out more about Subject Groups >
Advice from our tutors

Psychology is a subject which requires the memorisation of a lot of knowledge. This can seem overwhelming and as such it is important to pace yourself and ensure a certain level of consistency and organisation in the study of this subject. Furthermore, it is important to realise that every student has their own method of understanding and learning, so you need to find what works best for you and to plan frequent study sessions in advance .

View the IBO's brief for this subject
Read the information provided for this subject by the IBO.
Subject Brief >
What can you do with this subject?

As a subject which offers a great framework for a better understanding of the human mind, psychology can prove very useful in many academic disciplines as well as in a variety of careers. For students who are passionate by this subject and would like to further pursue it through their university studies, IB Psychology offers a great basis for the study of degrees such as Psychology or Neuroscience. For those who choose different paths, the study of psychology will always be a great asset in many careers such as but not limited to: social work, business, marketing, advertising, forensics, human resources and even finance

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