Year 12 - Psychology Unit 3-4

Year 12 Psychology (Units 3 and 4)


Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and of human behaviour. Students who study Units 3 and 4 Psychology will learn about a variety of topics, ranging from the brain, nervous system, consciousness and sleep through to memory, learning and mental health. Students will take part in a number of different activities and experiments to enhance their learning. They will also learn about the research methods involved in Psychology, including ethics, experimental design, reporting conventions and basic statistics. If you are interested in learning about yourself and others, then Psychology is the subject for you!



Textbook: ‘Psychology—VCE Units 3 & 4’, by Grivas and Letch (5th edition)

Student Activity Manual: ‘Nelson Psychology VCE Units 3 & 4 Student Activity Manual’, by Bradley, Kendall and van Iersel


There is an exam at the end of the year that covers content from Units 3 and 4. It is worth 60 per cent of your overall marks for Psychology.


•    There are between three and five SACs each semester for Psychology. They include tests, ERAs (Lab reports) and posters. These SACs make up the remaining 40 per cent of the year’s Psychology marks.

If you wish to do well in this subject, you need to be spending at least three hours each week completing reading tasks, learning activities and general revision.

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The image shows the symbol for psychology. It represents the second last letter of the Greek alphabet, psi, which is also the first letter of the Greek word psyche, meaning mind or soul. This is where the word psychology comes from.