Psychology Units 3 and 4


Within Psychology Units 3 and 4 students will explore complex human behaviours and thought processes. Students with develop an understanding of mental health issues in society and be able to apply psychological principles to everyday situations.

Who is it for?

Do you enjoy observing the behaviour of your friends and family?

Do you want to understand why people behave the way they do? Do you ever wonder why you think and feel the way you do?

Are you interested in understanding how we learn and remember?

If you have answered Yes to any or all of the questions above, then Psychology Units 3 and 4 may be a subject that you would enjoy.

What do you do?

Some of the activities you will engage in include:

  • designing and conducting research investigations, and reporting on their findings in a scientific research poster
  • analysing and interpreting data, and drawing conclusions related to research questions
  • evaluating how psychological concepts and theories relate to human behaviours
  • applying and communicating an understanding of psychological information, ideas and research findings

Students will be invited to attend excursions to the Epworth Sleep Lab, and The Cunningham DAX Museum, as well as DECV seminars and regular online lessons.

What skills do you need?

To be successful in this subject you need an inquisitive mind and a desire to understand more about human behaviour. Students should also have an interest in analysing and applying research methodologies to scientific investigations.

What skills do you develop?

Students will develop an ability to:

  • investigate and inquire scientifically
  • apply psychological understandings
  • communicate psychological information and understandings




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

The purchase of the following textbooks will also be required:

Nelson VCE Psychology Units 3 & 4 (3rd. ed.) Cengage Learning, 2016.


Kendall, Kristy, VCE Psychology Research Methods (2nd. ed.) Cengage Learning, 2016

Things to think about

Successful students have a solid background in written literacy and a grasp of number manipulation and data analysis. Students are expected to dedicate 5 to 6 hours a week to study and be in regular contact with their teacher. Students are also expected to regularly participate in the online environment including forum posts, reading weekly announcements and participating in online lesson where possible.

Things you can do now

Take a look at the VCAA Psychology website. Familiarise yourself with the Study Design and assessment criteria for Psychology Units 3 and 4. This site also offers useful support material and samples of past exams.

Students are also recommended to purchase a copy of VCE Psychology Research Methods Key Science Skills Workbook by Kristy Kendall.

Completing the tasks within this workbook is a valuable way to prepare as students will be required to apply these skills and knowledge throughout Psychology Units 3 and 4.

This resource is particularly useful for students who have not completed Psychology Units 1 and 2.

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.





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