Psychology ATAR

  • Course Code - AEPSY
  • University Pathway

Estimated Cost: $79.00

Based on previous years pricing and subject to change. See Additional Cost Item Information Sheet for additional costs.

Course Outline

In the Psychology ATAR course students will be introduced to psychological knowledge which supports an understanding of the way individuals function in groups. Students learn about major psychological models and theories, and the methods used to conduct scientific investigations in the discipline of psychology. Students apply research methods and ethical principles as they analyse data to illustrate how empirical procedures are used to examine phenomena, such as memory, attention, attitudes, personality and group behaviour.
The Year 11 syllabus is divided into two units:
Unit 1
Focuses on understanding how and why people behave the way they do. Students learn about the human brain and explore the impact of external factors on behaviour. Students examine different types of relationships and the role of verbal and non-verbal communication in initiating, maintaining and regulating these.  Students are introduced to ethics in psychological research and carry out investigations.
Unit 2
Focuses on developmental psychology. Students analyse twin and adoption studies to gain insight into the nature/nurture debate and look at the role of play in assisting development. Students explore what is meant by the term personality and examine historical perspectives used to explain personality. They also explore behaviour and causes of prejudice.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

B Grade in Year 10 Science.

Further Study

Year 12 - Psychology ATAR
Course Code ATPSY


Acknowledgement of Country
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