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I would love to study psychology in university , I'm gonna be taking the IB diploma next year and I was wondering what subjects I should take . I think I'm taking biology as a HL subject though I'm not sure if I'm going to be taking chemistry at all , is it necessary ? What subjects combination is usually viewed as satisfactory for psychology students ? or if you're a psych student who took the IB can you tell me what subjects you took and maybe your grades if you don't mind sharing . I would be entering as an international student btw , I'm currently taking my IGCE's and am predicted a B in maths though I got an A in my mock exam , but I absolutely hate math and calculations , it never comes naturally to me and don't find it logical , so I was wondering how badly it would affect me if I take math studies rather than SL math because I opened the math studies paper and I can solve quite a lot of it correctly and therefore I can guarantee a 6 or even a 7 with hard work though with SL I honestly don't understand anything from the past papers and I can barely do mental math so I might get a maximum of a 5 , so I was thinking it would boost my overall if I take math studies though it is viewed as a soft subject as I have concluded from some research . Could you please tell me if it is possible to enter psychology with math studies in the UK as an international student ?
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Hello ,
I would love to study psychology in university , I'm gonna be taking the IB diploma next year and I was wondering what subjects I should take . I think I'm taking biology as a HL subject though I'm not sure if I'm going to be taking chemistry at all , is it necessary ? What subjects combination is usually viewed as satisfactory for psychology students ? or if you're a psych student who took the IB can you tell me what subjects you took and maybe your grades if you don't mind sharing . I would be entering as an international student btw , I'm currently taking my IGCE's and am predicted a B in maths though I got an A in my mock exam , but I absolutely hate math and calculations , it never comes naturally to me and don't find it logical , so I was wondering how badly it would affect me if I take math studies rather than SL math because I opened the math studies paper and I can solve quite a lot of it correctly and therefore I can guarantee a 6 or even a 7 with hard work though with SL I honestly don't understand anything from the past papers and I can barely do mental math so I might get a maximum of a 5 , so I was thinking it would boost my overall if I take math studies though it is viewed as a soft subject as I have concluded from some research . Could you please tell me if it is possible to enter psychology with math studies in the UK as an international student ?

Hey Im an international IB student! I have taken Psych HL although I'm not majoring in it. Doing the IB Exams right now. Anyways, here are the subjects I think is good enough.


Psych HL
Bio HL
English A HL/SL
Languages B SL/Abinitio (HL if only you are an EXPERT in other language)
Maths Studies SL
(Any humanities) HL - (Go for Geography its the easiest Humanities)

The reason is why I'm suggesting 4 HL's is because in case u feel Bio HL is too much to handle or any of your HL is too hard for you, u can always drop and u would still have 3 HL's and won't lose your diploma. Chemistry is not necessary at all! Take Bio instead (HL/SL doesn't matter really, its the grades in the end). Take Maths Studies, since you want to major in Psychology. If you think Maths Studies won't bring you anywhere, u are wrong! I got conditional offers being a Maths Studies student myself, and that too for Biomedical Science as course! In the end, its the grades that matter. Yes I agree Maths studies is a soft subject, but in terms of what you want to major in then it is an acceptable course ! I took Maths St because I could increase my IB Points…Yes it is possible to enter psychology with maths studies hope this helps...
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Hello ,
I would love to study psychology in university , I'm gonna be taking the IB diploma next year and I was wondering what subjects I should take . I think I'm taking biology as a HL subject though I'm not sure if I'm going to be taking chemistry at all , is it necessary ? What subjects combination is usually viewed as satisfactory for psychology students ? or if you're a psych student who took the IB can you tell me what subjects you took and maybe your grades if you don't mind sharing . I would be entering as an international student btw , I'm currently taking my IGCE's and am predicted a B in maths though I got an A in my mock exam , but I absolutely hate math and calculations , it never comes naturally to me and don't find it logical , so I was wondering how badly it would affect me if I take math studies rather than SL math because I opened the math studies paper and I can solve quite a lot of it correctly and therefore I can guarantee a 6 or even a 7 with hard work though with SL I honestly don't understand anything from the past papers and I can barely do mental math so I might get a maximum of a 5 , so I was thinking it would boost my overall if I take math studies though it is viewed as a soft subject as I have concluded from some research . Could you please tell me if it is possible to enter psychology with math studies in the UK as an international student ?
Hi! I just finished my ib exams yesterday, and am planning on studying psychology at university next year. My two offers are: St. Andrews (firm) and York (insurance), with 36 (6 in English) and 35 points required respectively.
The subjects I took were psychology HL, biology HL, language B HL, math studies SL, English A lang lit SL, and environmental systems and societies SL.
In my opinion, psychology (obviously) and biology are two of the "must have" subjects if you want to study psych later on. Biology can be applied and is applied in so many ways in psych, however the extent to which this is true varies depending on the specialised area of psych you're into (but it's great to have that knowledge; helps a lot ).
When it came to math studies, only some universities said "no studies people allowed" when I emailed them (e.g. Southampton, which required SL). However, most of the unis I asked said studies people were welcome my initial five unis that I applied to were: St. Andrews, York, Glasgow, Sheffield, and Leeds. All offers were between 35 and 36. However, some of them gave requirements in terms of math, etc., which you'll have to be prepared for
Also, just to make you feel better, from how I see it, it seems like studies fits psych a lot more because it's made up of mainly statistics and only a bit of calculus (opposite for SL and HL); statistics seems like the main math related thing you'd do in a typical lab experiment right? Anyway, this idea cheered me up a bit
What I think is important is to have some good subjects (bio psych math eng) and good grades in those subjects. It's also great to have a well-written personal statement, as this can showcase skills of yours not seen through grades. Also, a good reference letter seems important as well (even better if you get it from your psych teacher XD).
But yeah, hopefully this helped somewhat if you have any questions, just ask, I'd be really happy to help!
Oh and I'm an eu student btw
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Hey Im an international IB student! I have taken Psych HL although I'm not majoring in it. Doing the IB Exams right now. Anyways, here are the subjects I think is good enough.


Psych HL
Bio HL
English A HL/SL
Languages B SL/Abinitio (HL if only you are an EXPERT in other language)
Maths Studies SL
(Any humanities) HL - (Go for Geography its the easiest Humanities)

The reason is why I'm suggesting 4 HL's is because in case u feel Bio HL is too much to handle or any of your HL is too hard for you, u can always drop and u would still have 3 HL's and won't lose your diploma. Chemistry is not necessary at all! Take Bio instead (HL/SL doesn't matter really, its the grades in the end). Take Maths Studies, since you want to major in Psychology. If you think Maths Studies won't bring you anywhere, u are wrong! I got conditional offers being a Maths Studies student myself, and that too for Biomedical Science as course! In the end, its the grades that matter. Yes I agree Maths studies is a soft subject, but in terms of what you want to major in then it is an acceptable course ! I took Maths St because I could increase my IB Points…Yes it is possible to enter psychology with maths studies hope this helps...
This is complete rubbish, don't listen to this guy at all. There's quite a bit of statistics and number manipulation in good psychology degrees so you should try to have at least SL maths skills.

Do not do 4 HL subjects, it is not needed at all and it will be too much work considering all the extra work from other IB activities. Geography is not the 'easiest' humanity, nor is it easy in general.

If I were you I'd take HL Biology, Psychology and English, and SL Maths, Language and Geography (not because it's 'easy', but because it's interesting and applicable to psychology; population, social change, resource management, etc and contains some science elements). HL English would be good for essay skills, etc.
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This is complete rubbish, don't listen to this guy at all. There's quite a bit of statistics and number manipulation in good psychology degrees so you should try to have at least SL maths skills.

Do not do 4 HL subjects, it is not needed at all and it will be too much work considering all the extra work from other IB activities. Geography is not the 'easiest' humanity, nor is it easy in general.

If I were you I'd take HL Biology, Psychology and English, and SL Maths, Language and Geography (not because it's 'easy', but because it's interesting and applicable to psychology; population, social change, resource management, etc and contains some science elements). HL English would be good for essay skills, etc.
Umm, I don't think that psychology doesn't require maths, they do. But as she said herself she feels much more comfortable with maths studies and I high suggest to do subjects that you feel comfortable with, rather than challenging yourself and unfortunately end up not getting the marks you wish for. And some universities accept maths studies so theres no problem. As for Geography, I hope you heard of this term "to each his own" which means my point on Geography is an OPINION. Its her choice if she chooses to follow it or not.

And why not take 4 HLS. She can get a chance to experience how each HL subjects are. If you did read my earlier message, you wouldn't be questioning on why i recommend 4 HL's. I will say it again. She can get a chance to see the HL aspect of those particular subjects and in the end of the first seamster she can drop one HL subject to SL and still have her diploma as she still has 3 HLs.

in IB, I took Chem HL, Bio HL and Psych HL I was doing we'll in all of them except Chem, and I had to drop down and if I did drop then i would be forced to do Certificate as i would have 2 HLs only. So somehow I switched my English from SL to HL and Chem HL to SL. I was this close in losing my diploma. When I started Chem, i thought I would do really well but it got pretty hard for me to handle… That is why i recommend 4 HL so that she is safe when it comes to the point of changing the subject level. Im not asking her to do 4 HL's all the way! only for a semester !

If I offended you with my saying that Geography is "easy", I am sorry, you probably must be a Geography student. But I simply suggested Geography because I thought it would have lesser pressure on her( Not saying it won't)(again my opinion).

Oh, and Lasershark I am a girl. Please do learn the fact that Im just trying to help and respect all opinions on certain matters. Atleast you could have genuinely corrected my mistakes instead of just blatantly calling my suggestions "rubbish" . I really thought decisively and positively on what suggestions I give to her.

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Umm, I don't think that psychology doesn't require maths, they do. But as she said herself she feels much more comfortable with maths studies and I high suggest to do subjects that you feel comfortable with, rather than challenging yourself and unfortunately end up not getting the marks you wish for. And some universities accept maths studies so theres no problem. As for Geography, I hope you heard of this term "to each his own" which means my point on Geography is an OPINION. Its her choice if she chooses to follow it or not.

And why not take 4 HLS. She can get a chance to experience how each HL subjects are. If you did read my earlier message, you wouldn't be questioning on why i recommend 4 HL's. I will say it again. She can get a chance to see the HL aspect of those particular subjects and in the end of the first seamster she can drop one HL subject to SL and still have her diploma as she still has 3 HLs.

in IB, I took Chem HL, Bio HL and Psych HL I was doing we'll in all of them except Chem, and I had to drop down and if I did drop then i would be forced to do Certificate as i would have 2 HLs only. So somehow I switched my English from SL to HL and Chem HL to SL. I was this close in losing my diploma. When I started Chem, i thought I would do really well but it got pretty hard for me to handle… That is why i recommend 4 HL so that she is safe when it comes to the point of changing the subject level. Im not asking her to do 4 HL's all the way! only for a semester !

If I offended you with my saying that Geography is "easy", I am sorry, you probably must be a Geography student. But I simply suggested Geography because I thought it would have lesser pressure on her( Not saying it won't)(again my opinion).

Oh, and Lasershark I am a girl. Please do learn the fact that Im just trying to help and respect all opinions on certain matters. Atleast you could have genuinely corrected my mistakes instead of just blatantly calling my suggestions "rubbish" . I really thought decisively and positively on what suggestions I give to her.

Not cool bro
I fully understand why you suggested taking 4 HL's but I can't do that as the school I'm going to enrol into doesn't allow that though I am planning to take Bio HL already so its good to hear it would be useful , unfortunately they don't offer geography but they might start psychology next year which is when I am enrolling and I really hope they do . I will probably take math studies since as you said I'm more comfortable doing it .
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You usually need two sciences for a BSc in psychology. Therefore it's safer to take both higher level chemistry/biology.

Looks at these entry requirements for clarification:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-stu...s/ubspsysing05
http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/ug/prosp...-requirements/
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergra...ryRequirements

Before eliminating higher level chemistry you need to make sure that you don't intend on applying to any uni that requires two higher level sciences as quite a few of them do.
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I fully understand why you suggested taking 4 HL's but I can't do that as the school I'm going to enrol into doesn't allow that though I am planning to take Bio HL already so its good to hear it would be useful , unfortunately they don't offer geography but they might start psychology next year which is when I am enrolling and I really hope they do . I will probably take math studies since as you said I'm more comfortable doing it .
Oh didn't know that you couldn't do 4 HL's…but glad that you made up ur mind on your subjects. Good Luck for IB for the next 2 years !!
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Two people I know have places to study Psychology at Uni.

One did; maths studies SL, English SL, Spanish Ab SL, History HL, Biology HL and Chemistry HL.

Yup, no psychology and she got into Oxford.

So pick what you are good at, most skills are applicable
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I can't stress how important Bio HL is.

My girlfriend wanted to do Psychology at uni but our IB coordinator told her Bio HL wasn't necessary (she came from America and so had not done anywhere near the same level as we'd done in GCSEs)

Bad decision. 2 instant rejections; and it's not because she isn't a good student, she was predicted 43 and had done an unimaginable amount of extra things.
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i am currently doing IB and i have psychology HL, eng HL, maths SL, french ab initio, B.m HL and ess
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So this is my decision if the school I'm gonna be attending doesn't add Psychology , could you tell me if its okay ?
Biology HL
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English literature HL
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So this is my decision if the school I'm gonna be attending doesn't add Psychology , could you tell me if its okay ?
Biology HL
History HL
English literature HL
Arabic B SL
Math studies SL
Business and management SL
Yep, it looks fine. But keep in mind some schools require chemistry HL in addition to Biology.
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We'll, I am mostly interested in Psychology and the subjects that I am going to select are both useful and non-tiring : HIGHER LEVEL : Psychology Biology English B : STANDARD LEVEL : Economics Mathematics Greek Literature
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Hi, I'm IB student and I'm doing this subjects is it ok?´Biology SLB.M HLpsychology HLMath studies SLEnglish literatureSwedish HL
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I'm doing IBDP next year but my school doesn't provide Psychology in IBDP, I plan on doing Drama HL, Geography HL (Not sure, I suck at the subject so far and I am 7 weeks in school), Biology HL, English A SL, Chinese B SL (Since I am ABC) and Maths SL because Math studies are not a thing anymore.
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