Approx Cost:
$50 - $100 depending on trips
Technology Requirements:
A laptop is essential for this course
Entry Recommendations:

The ability to cope with all aspects of human behaviour in a classroom environment.  In addition, 12 or more NCEA credits from Achievement Standards in English or a Social Science is expected.

NCEA Level 1 Psychology is not a prerequisite.

Course Outline:

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain how people think, act and feel. Psychologist strive to learn more about the many factors that can impact thought and behaviour, ranging from biological influences and social pressures.

 Psychology at LHS looks to enhance understanding about what psychology is, and what it is not. The course design has been developed to look at how psychology is used in society while also looking at ourselves in terms of what we know about the world and our place in it. It aides and encourages self-reflection. Students who understand experiences outside their own social and cultural context develop a conscience more suited to the multicultural world in which we live.

 Topics include:

  1. Addiction – why are we addicted to certain behaviours and substances? How can this be explained in terms of nature and nurture? We will focus on the relatively new behaviour addiction of vaping.

  2. Stress – why is it important for those working within the fields of clinical and health psychology to have an understanding of theories relating to stress? We will focus on understanding the symptoms on stress, its causes and how to manage it.

  3. Brain processing – how does the brain process? You will carry out research, ensuring that you follow appropriate ethical guidelines.

  4. Nature vs Nurture – which is it? Or is it both?



4 NCEA Achievement Standards will be on offer internally, totalling 18 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 M Dickison