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

Psychology is the scientific study of how people think, feel and behave. It is an evidence-based discipline that follows the principles of scientific inquiry to explore human cognition, behaviour and thought. This course introduces students to the principles of scientific inquiry and its application to psychological investigations using ethical guidelines. Students will be introduced to a variety of psychological theories, studies, models and concepts that exist simultaneously and continue to evolve in a variety of contexts. They will learn how to critically evaluate psychological concepts, interpretations, claims and conclusions with reference to empirical evidence.

The Year 11 syllabus is divided into two units:

Unit 1 – Biological and lifespan psychology

This unit introduces psychology as an inquiry-based discipline. Students begin to learn concepts associated with psychological theories, studies and models, which develop and change over time, to explain human emotion, cognition and behaviour.

Students learn the basic structure of the central nervous system and some effects of this structure on the way humans think, feel and behave. They are introduced to several methods used to study the brain. With a key focus on adolescent development, students have the opportunity to understand the impact of developmental change on human thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They extend their understanding of developmental processes through learning the role of attachment and identifying stages of development according to specified theorists.

Unit 2 – Attitudes, stereotypes and social influence

This unit focuses on the influence of others on human behaviour, cognition and emotion. Students explore the function and effect of attitudes, theories of cognitive dissonance, social identity and attribution, with reference to relevant psychological studies, and apply these theories to real‑world experiences. Students learn the role of stereotypes and the relationship between attitudes, prejudice and discrimination in a range of areas. They learn about the relationship between social influence and the development of prosocial and antisocial behaviours.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

B Grade in Year 10 Science.

Further Study

Year 12 - Psychology ATAR
Course Code ATPSY


Acknowledgement of Country
Mindarie Senior College acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We recognise and respect the connection to the land, sky and seas of this area. We recognise and respect the continuing cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.