L3PSY
Level 3 Psychology

COURSE TITLE:

Level 3 Psychology

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course examines the scientific study of human thought, emotions, and actions. It attempts to explain why we behave in the way that we do and explores questions such as:

  • Why do people take risks?

  • Why do good people do bad things?

  • How does culture influence behaviour?

  • What is the nature of intelligence?

Psychology addresses big questions and interesting contexts, it encourages in-depth, informed, critical thinking, meaning that it can play an important role in developing the understandings, attitudes, and skills that enable students to become positive, well-informed citizens.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • How psychology explains behaviour; how and what to observe and what it means.

  • Use examples from your own experience and find out how psychology explains the behaviours.

  • Inquire into debates about psychology, ethics, morality and psychological problems.

WHAT SHOULD I HAVE DONE ALREADY?

Students choosing this course will need to have gained a Merit endorsement in NCEA Level Two, have a strong scientific background and be very competent in reading, writing and statistical analysis. Performance in past English and Science external exams may also be used as an indicator of students suitability for this course. Preferential entry will be given to students who have take Level Two Psychology. Students should also have an interest in the social sciences and be a keen observer of human behaviour. Individual students who may have taken L2 Psychology but do not meet the above requirements may make a case to study L3 Psychology, entry will then be at the discretion of the Head of Social Sciences.

WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?

This is a university approved subject. Psychology provides training in a number of skills which can be applied to many career areas including health services, law, social work, teaching, politics, sales, marketing, management and human resources. It provides basic knowledge to ensure you will be an informed member of New Zealand society and a valued employee.

People who specifically study to be a Psychologist are also employed in a wide range of workplaces, and many practise privately as independent consultants within their specialised area. These ares of specialisation within the field of psychology are - clinical, counselling, community, educational, forensic, health and organisational.

INDICATIVE COSTS:

For all indicative course costs please see the Course Costs Page.

ASSESSMENT OUTLINE:

L3PSY

ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS:

The internal achievement standards will be assessed after the appropriate topics have been taught. There will be no reassessment opportunity for these standards. You will only be given the opportunity to improve on your efforts if you get small things wrong that you can be fixed with no further teaching or learning occurring (resubmission) that will bring your grade from a Not Achieved to Achieved. Because there is no reassessment, if you do not submit the assessment on the due date you have failed the standards.

The externally assessed achievement standards will be formatively assessed using tests and exams during the year. The results from these assessments will count towards class placings and any derived grade applications if you are unable to sit final examinations.

It is vital that you read and understand the rules relating to NCEA in the section on NZQA Information.