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Year 11 and 12 Psychology

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​​​​​​​​​​Pre-requisites​​

Minimum Level of Achievement required:

  • General Science B result​
  • English C result

Co-requisites ​​

General English, General Mathematics

Subject Description

Psychology provides opportunities ​for students to engage with concepts that explain behaviours and underlying cognitions. ​

In Unit 1, students examine individual development in the form of the role of the brain, cognitive development, human consciousness and sleep. In Unit 2, students investigate the concept of intelligence, the process of diagnosis and how to classify psychological disorder and determine an effective treatment, and lastly, the contribution of emotion and motivation on the individual behaviour. In Unit 3, students examine individual thinking and how it is determined by the brain, including perception, memory, and learning. In Unit 4, students consider the influence of others by examining theories of social psychology, interpersonal processes, attitudes and cross​-cultural psychology.

Weekly workload in hours ​

4+ hours

Structure


Unit 1
Unit 2​ Unit 3​ Unit 4
Individual development
Individual behaviour
Individual thinking
The influence of others
Psychological science A
Data analysis
Psychological science B
Data analysis
​Localisation of function in the brainSocial psychology
​The role of the brain
Intelligence
​​​Visual perception
Interpersonal processes

Cognitive development

Diagnosis
​​​Memory
Attitudes

​​Introduction to engineering mechanics​Psychological disorders and treatments
​​Learning
​Cross-cultural psychology
​​​​Human consciousness and sleep


Assessment

Schools devise assessments in Units 1 and 2 to suit their local context. In Units 3 and 4 students complete​ four summative assessments. The results from each of the assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100. Students will also receive an overall subject result (A–E).

Summative assessment

​Unit 1
Unit 2​
Formative internal assessment 1 (FA1):
Data test
10%​​Formative internal assessment 3 (FA3): Research investigation​20%​
Formative internal assessment 2 (FA2):
Student experiment​
20%​
Formative internal assessment (FA3):  50%
Examination ​​​​

Unit 3​​
​Unit 4​​
​​​Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):
Data test
​​10%​​​

​​Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3):​
Research investigation
​​


​20%​ ​​
​Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):​
Student experiment
​20%
​​​​​​Summative external assessment (EA): 50%


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Last reviewed 11 June 2021
Last updated 11 June 2021