Year 13 Psychology

13PSYC
Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour- helping us understand how we think feel and act.

It is an academic discipline with enormous scope and can be applied in professional careers as well as everyday life. Psychology can range from being very scientific and classed as a hard science, to a stance considered more as a “soft science”.

Approaches:

In psychology we look to describe, explain, and understand behaviour using a variety of psychological approaches/perspectives and their accompanying theories, theorists and research experiments. These approaches include: Behavioural, Cognitive, biological, humanistic and psychodynamic.

This year we explained and understood aggression through the biological and behavioural approach as well as look at how these two approaches interact together in a societal context of prevention and treatment of aggression.

 Research methods:

We learn research skills and examine studies in which theories have been tested or developed, and then create our own research experiment to test a psychological idea.

This year we have looked at memory, the different ways we store and retrieve information and the students have conducted psychological research experiment on false memories.  

 Ethical issues in psychology:

 We look at a variety of ethical issues such as religious, cultural and gender biases in research and published work. How these affect our societies and how we can identify them and counteract such biases.

Skills:

Reading and writing

Analysing

Critical thinking

Discussions and understanding other viewpoints and beliefs


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91872 v1 Psychology 3.1 - Analyse the interaction between psychological approaches
3
I
6
Y
6r
A.S. 91874 v1 Psychology 3.3 - Conduct independent psychological research with consultation
3
I
6
Y
6r
A.S. 91875 v1 Psychology 3.4 - Analyse how theories are applied within a field of psychological practice
3
I
4
Y
4r
A.S. 91876 v1 Psychology 3.5 - Analyse a significant issue in psychological practice
3
E
3
Y
3r,3w
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.