Approx Cost:
Technology Requirements:
A laptop is essential for this course
Entry Recommendations:

Being able to cope with studying all aspects of human behaviour in a classroom environment, as well as the academic demands of Psychology, is required.  Students are expected to have studied either 11PSY or PSY201. For those choosing to study Psychology for the first time at NCEA Level 3, this should be discussed with the Teacher in Charge.

Course Outline:

NCEA Level 3 Psychology builds on the knowledge and skills gained from Level 2 Psychology. This course will give you the opportunity to consolidate and expand your knowledge of psychological approaches, theories and research methodologies. Being able to work effectively as part of a group as well as independently is vital to achieving success in this subject.

In this course, we will look at the psychology of:

 Aggression and Violence – Documented youth violence may be on the decline but some types of crime, such as ramraiding, are on the increase. Why is this? We will look at the theories behind why young people continue commit crime and why it is important that those working in the field of Forensic Psychology have an awareness of this.

 Religion – New Zealand is a secular state with no state religion yet around 85% of the world population continues to identify themselves as being religious. Why is this? Could it be that our brains and minds are predisposed to be religious or spiritual? Or is religious belief purely the result of the environment and culture in which we live? Either way, why is it important to know this in a post-covid world?

 The Brain and Neuroplasticity – The notion that as soon as we reach adulthood our brains stop changing has long been discarded. It has been found that the function and structure of our brains continue to adapt throughout our lives in response to experience. In groups, students will carry out research to prove neuroplasticity in a context of their choice. We will also look at how the famous research by Rosenzweig and Bennett in 1961 has impacted our society and our understanding of the brain


Four NCEA Achievement Standards will be on offer internally, totalling 19 credits.


Where Does It Lead:

Psychology provides a strong foundation for other career areas such as mental health, education, training, marketing, leadership, management, business, law and politics.

For further information see:
Mrs Dickison