12 Psychology

SACE Stage 2:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / Advanced Technologies

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/psychology/stage-2

Pre-Requisite: An achievement level of 'B' or better in one of the subjects below:

• Stage 1 Psychology A and/or Psychology B
• Stage 1 Biology A and/or Biology B
• Stage 1 Chemistry
• Stage 1 Physics


Psychology sits between the life sciences and the humanities. Students look at individual differences and global aspects of sleep, learning, personality, social cognition and healthy psychological functioning. They develop skills in research, and critical and independent thinking.

The topics in Stage 2 Psychology provide the framework for developing integrated programs of learning through which students extend their skills, knowledge, and understanding of the three strands of science.

The three strands of science to be integrated throughout student learning are:

  • science inquiry skills
  • science as a human endeavour
  • science understanding

Topics include

  • psychology of the individual (personality)
  • psychology of health and wellbeing
  • organisational psychology
  • social influence


Assessment tasks include:

School assessment

  • assessment type 1: Investigations folio (30%)
  • assessment type 2: skills and applications tasks (40%)

External assessment

  • assessment type 3: examination (2 hours) (30%)

Students provide evidence of learning through seven assessments, including the external assessment component.

Student complete:

  • one practical investigation
  • one investigation with a focus on human endeavour
  • four skills and application tasks
  • one examination

Additional Information

Costs: Essentials Psychology Workbook $50 (optional but recommended)

Last updated: 01/07/22