Psychology at Newbury Park High School is designed
to support students working toward a full IB diploma.
Motivated students wishing to challenge themselves
by completing a college level course and taking the
IB exam in May are also given priority registration
status. The emphasis of the course will meet the requirements
for the Standard Level. Students striving for Higher
Level will cover more content and research at a more
advanced level. Higher Level requires approximately
100 additional hours and planning with Mrs. Walker.
The psychology syllabus at SL is divided into four
perspectives, option, research methodology and simple
Part 1: Perspectives
The following perspectives will be studied in depth.
• The biological perspective
• The cognitive perspective
• The learning perspective
• The humanistic perspective (required HL)
Part 2: Option
The following options will be explored. SL Students
will prepare for in-depth testing in two of the options.
HL students will test in three.
• Lifespan Psychology
• Health Psychology
• The Psychology of Dysfunctional Behaviour
• (Social Psychology)
Part 3: Research Methodology
Research methodology is a significant part of the
course. It is comprised of the following elements.
• Introduction to research methods
• Quantitative research methods
• Qualitative research methods (HL required)
Part 4: Simple Experimental Study
Knowledge of research methods will be applied in the
study and completion of a simple experimental study.
A discussion of ethics and use of quantitative research
methods are required elements.
(HL - An experimental study using qualitative research
methods as well)
Cultural, Ethical, Gender and Methodological
These four considerations will be used to evaluate
the theories and studies, where
appropriate, in each perspective and option.