Psychology is a science, meaning there is a focus on brain structures, neurochemicals and other psychological factors that impact an individual's behaviour. Students also carry out and analyse experiments, using a range of inferential statistics.
In Year 12, students study introductory topics in psychology including social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology, biopsychology, approached and research methods. In Year 13 students study cognition and development, aggression, schizophrenia, issues and debates and further research methods. Student develop the ability to make links and comparisons between topics and research used between topics in order to evaluate them.
Students grow as independent thinkers and informed and ethically-minded citizens, who understand the role and importance of psychology as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding how to cope with the fast-paced society we live in today.
Assessment of psychology takes the form of three exam papers taken in Year 13.