The study of psychology enables students to understand their own behaviours and the behaviours of others. It has direct relevance to their personal lives.

Course details

  • Further study Stage 2 Psychology (2PSYCY)

About the subject

Psychological knowledge can be applied to improve outcomes and the quality of experience in various areas of life, such as education, intimate relationships, child rearing, employment and leisure.

Stage 1 and 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.


The 10-credit subject consists of the compulsory topic and two topics.

  • Introduction to Psychology (compulsory in Semester 1)
  • Social Behaviour
  • Intelligence
  • Cognition
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Human Psychological Development
  • Emotion
  • Negotiated Topic


Assessment at Stage 1 is school based. Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

  • Investigations Folio
  • Skills and Applications Tasks

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