SACE Credits: 10

Teacher: Mathew D’Aloisio

The study of psychology enables students to understand what factors influence an individual’s behaviour in a range of circumstances. An understanding of human and animal behaviour has a broad range of applications such as management, human resources, health sciences, sport and animal training.


You will study a selection of topics depending on whether you choose Semester 1, 2 or both. Topics include Psychological Research Methods, Brain and Behaviour, Emotion, Social Behaviour and Positive Psychology.


Past students report that they use the principles they have learned in this course many times in their everyday lives beyond school.


  • Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio (40%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Skills and Application Tasks (60%)


The most common reasons for studying Psychology at this level are a personal curiosity about human behaviour, a desire to gain knowledge that can translate into personal growth, or a wish to evaluate psychology as a career option. Psychology is relevant to all fields of employment that involve contact with other people.


It has applications in diverse fields such as child care, sales, health, journalism, information technology, law enforcement, and advertising. It is also possible to be involved in psychological research to better understand factors that influence human and animal behaviour and to improve wellbeing.