L3 Psychology


Level 3 Psychology


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.


  • 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.


Students choosing this course will need to have gained NCEA Level Two, have a strong scientific background and be very competent in reading, writing and statistical analysis. Performance in past English 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.




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

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 NZQA Information section. The following rules are emphasized here:

Late Work

Work submitted late for the internally assessed standards will score a “Not Achieved” . If you have a genuine reason why you are unable to submit work by the due date, then you are able to apply for an extension. This should occur prior to the due date, not after. Approach your subject teacher and make your case. Read the NCEA Student Handbook for more detail.

Authenticity and Appeals

The work you do must be your own. Copied work or work attributed to you that is actually someone else’s (e.g. downloaded from the Internet) will not be marked.The school has policies which clearly state what happens in these cases.

You have the right to appeal your teacher’s assessment decision. This must be done within 7 days. These issues are dealt with by the college’s assessment procedures. Read your NCEA Student Handbook for details.

Computer Failure:

Many of your assignments will be computer based. Ensure you have a back-up system in place. Using an external hard drive, a USB or email the work to yourself to guard against computer failure. Computer and printer failures are not valid excuses for handing work in late


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.


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