What is Psychology all about?
Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour in humans. Biological, behavioural, cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives inform the way psychologists approach their research into the human condition.
This study enables students to:
- Apply psychological models, theories and concepts to describe, explain and analyse observations and ideas related to human thoughts, emotions and behaviour
- Examine the ways that a biopsychosocial approach can be applied to organise, analyse and extend knowledge in psychology
- Understand the cooperative, cumulative, evolutionary and interdisciplinary nature of science as a human endeavour, including its possibilities, limitations and political and sociocultural influences
- Develop a range of individual and collaborative science-investigation skills through experimental and inquiry tasks in the field and in the laboratory
- Develop an informed perspective on contemporary science-based issues of local and global significance
- Apply their scientific understanding to familiar and unfamiliar situations, including personal, social, environmental and technological contexts
- Develop attitudes that include curiosity, open-mindedness, creativity, flexibility, integrity, attention to detail and respect for evidence-based conclusions
- Understand and apply the research, ethical and safety principles that govern the study and practice of the discipline in the collection, analysis, critical evaluation and reporting of data
- Communicate clearly and accurately an understanding of the discipline using appropriate terminology, conventions and formats
The study is made up of four units.
Unit 1: How are behaviour and mental processes shaped?
Unit 2: How do external factors influence behaviour and mental processes?
Unit 3: How does experience affect behaviour and mental processes?
Unit 4: How is wellbeing developed and maintained?
There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4. Units 1 to 4 are designed to a standard equivalent to the final two years of secondary education. It is strongly recommended that students wishing to undertake Units 3 and 4 should have satisfactorily completed Unit 2.
Demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit.
Levels of Achievement
Units 1 and 2
School based assessment consisting of coursework, assessment tasks and an exam
Units 3 and 4
School- assessed coursework and two end-of-year examinations.
- Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 16%
- Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 24%
- Unit 3 and 4 end-of-year examination: 60%