Year 12 – Psychology

Length: Full Year (20 SACE credits)
Contact: Science Leader

Recommended Background

Grade C or higher in a Stage 1 Psychology, Biology, Chemistry or Physics


Grade C or higher in Stage 1 English or Stage 1 English Literary Studies.

Course Description

Stage 2 Psychology builds on the scientific method by involving students in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. By emphasising evidence-based procedures (i.e. observation, experimentation and experience) the subject allows students to develop useful skills in analytical and critical thinking and in making inferences.

In Stage 2 Psychology students study the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Psychology of the Individual
  • Topic 2: Psychological Health and Wellbeing
  • Topic 3: Organisational Psychology
  • Topic 4: Social Influence
  • Topic 5: The Psychology of Learning


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A+ to E- will be used for reporting purposes.

School-based Assessment:

  • Investigations folio (30%): This includes 2 Investigations, one Deconstruction Design and one Science as a Human Endeavour
  • Skills and Applications Tasks (40%): Tasks including tests, extended response questions and research assignments.

External Assessment:

  • Examination (30%).