- Learning Area:
- Social Sciences / Media / Commerce
- NCEA Level 2
- Course Endorsement:
- 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.
11PSY is not a prerequisite.
- Course Outline:
Psychology is the study of human behaviour, emotions and thought processes. The emphasis of this course is on helping students understand the theoretical concepts and research methods associated with Psychology, which will also help them understand themselves.
In this course, we will look at the psychology of:
Reality Television – Love Island, The Kardashians, Big Brother. Why are some of us so obsessed? What are the biases involved when watching and what role does social media have in dictating our responses and feelings?
Stress – What is going on in our bodies when we are stressed? Why are some of us more predisposed to stress than others and what ways are there to help us manage it? How relevant is this knowledge to the fields of Clinical and Health Psychology?
Conformity – Why do we conform to group pressure despite our own personal beliefs? In groups you will carry out research, following the scientific process, to prove conformity in a context of your choice.
Nature / Nurture – How has this psychological debate changed over time? How does it help us understand behaviours such as aggression?
Four 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 Dickison
In Year 9 students start the first year of their two year junior programme. Year 9 consists of two semesters (half year-long) with a combination of compulsory courses and option courses chosen by the students.
In Year 9 students will take 12 semester (half-year) courses that include:
a) Compulsory Courses - 2 semesters of Health & PE, Mathematics, Science, and one Semester of English and Social Studies. (the reverse happens in Year 10, the second year of the junior programme).
b) Option Courses - Four semesters of option courses (note: students choose 5 option courses in Year 10, the second year of the junior programme).
In Year 10 students complete their junior program by studying a combination of compulsory and option courses, see below. Students are not in core classes when studying their compulsory courses. Classes are mixed, similar to option courses.
Compulsory courses: Students are assigned one semester of Health & PE, Mathematics and Science and two semesters of English and Social Studies.
Option Courses: Students choose five semester courses. They can choose to do one semester course from a subject area e.g. Drama - B or take two semester courses from a subject area, which is equivalent to a whole year course e.g. Drama - B & C.
Enrichment: Most courses provide opportunities for enrichment tasks. Some students may want to study a/some Year 11 semester courses. They should contact the Year 10 Tutor (Fiona Bamford, FBA) first before completing their course selections, to ensure they are adequately suited to studying Year 11 courses.
- A few Year 10 semester courses (e.g. languages and music) require you to complete semester A first, before doing semester B or, semester B before semester C. Please read the course recommendations carefully to be aware of these details.
- As part of the Health & Physical Education curriculum, students attend a three-day camp in Term Four.
- Placement into next year’s Year 11 courses is dependent on Year 10 results.
- It is important to check recommendations and associated fees for all courses in the course descriptions.
Students don’t complete NCEA Level 1 in Year 11. Instead, we focus on all students having NCEA literacy and numeracy (most will have achieved this in Year 10). In addition, students get to experience a variety of courses that can be studied in depth. In some Year 11 courses there may be a small number of Level 2 credits on offer. The content covered in each course will include the knowledge required to continue into Year 12 for that particular course. In summary, Year 11 and 12 are dedicated to the completion of Level 2 NCEA.
Year 11 students study 12 semester (half year) courses. This equates to six year-long courses. English and Mathematics are compulsory, but Science is also strongly recommended. Students are required to select two English and two Mathematics semester courses (a year of each). The remaining eight semester courses can be made up of:
- selecting single courses from a subject area eg: 11BIOa (Biology-Human)
- selecting two courses from a subject area eg: 11BIOa and 11BIOb. This equates to a whole year of Biology.
A few semester two courses require you to complete semester one first, before doing semester two.
These semester two courses have an * at the end of their code:
- Visual Arts (11ARTb*)
- Chinese -Part 2 (11CHIb*)
- French – Part 2 (11FREb*)
- German – Part 2 (11GERb*)
- Japanese – Part 2 (11JPEb*)
- Māori Performing Arts - Part 2 (11MPAb*)
- Materials Technology Engineering - Part 2 (11MTEb*)
- Materials Technology Resistant Materials - Part 2 (11MTRb*)
- Electronic Music Making - Drop the Beat! (11MUEb*)
- Pūoro Music Sound Creation! (11MUSb*)
- Pūoro Music Part B (11MUPb*)
In English, you will choose two English courses. One from Group A and one from Group B.
If you need more support with literacy, you can choose 11ENL English Literacy as one of your courses.
You can choose 11ENW “The ‘Write’ Stuff: Writing in English in addition to your Group A and Group B Course.
Close Viewing assessment
Connections Across Texts assessment
· 11ENGa English – General A
· 11ENY Dystopian
· 11ENC War and Conflict
· 11ENGb English – General B
· 11ENS Sport and Exploration (new course)
· 11ENM Myths and Legends
· 11ENW Writing
· 11ENL Literacy
Year 12 students study six year-long courses (see individual course details and Course Planning Chart). There are no compulsory courses, however, English and Mathematics are strongly recommended.
Students have the option of studying five courses. In such cases, students will be placed in the Independent Learning Project (ILP001) course, in addition to their five courses, so that they can be mentored and have their progress monitored.
Prior to selecting courses online, students should consider discussing their possible options with this year’s teachers as well as attend the Course Selection afternoon.
Year 13 students study five year-long courses (see individual course details and Course Planning Chart) and have an Independent Study (IST). A sixth course can be selected in place of IST. Students have the option of studying four courses. In such cases, students will be placed in the Independent Learning Project (ILP001) course, in addition to their four courses, so that they can be mentored and have their progress monitored.
For students that are intending to gain University Entrance it is strongly recommended that they select at least four University Entrance approved courses. Refer to individual course details to check if a course is a University Entrance approved subject
Year 13 (IST) is independent, unsupervised learning that can take place at school or at home. Students are responsible for managing their work during this time.
Students who have not completed NCEA Level 2 while in Year 12 may receive a customised timetable to support the completion of NCEA Level 2 while in Year 13.