Year 11 – Psychology

Level: Stage 1
Subject Name: Psychology
Prerequisites: Nil
Assumed knowledge: Nil

Course Summary:

Stage 1 Psychology can be studied as a 10-credit subject.

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

Course content:

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


  • Introduction to Psychology (compulsory)
  • Social Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour


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

  • Investigations Folio: Practical investigation, Research Assignment 45%
  • Skills and Applications Tasks: Tests, Case Study Application Task 55%