• Social Science

    Higher Psychology

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    This course runs on a Tuesday evening between 6pm - 9pm for 32 weeks. These times include a period for shut down procedures at the end of the night.

  • Start Date

    From 21 Aug 2018

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For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in Psychology
  • English or a social subject at National 5 or equivalent, at minimum grade B or credit level

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course will help you develop an understanding of psychological approaches to analysing the human mind and behaviour.

There are three main units in Higher Psychology:

  • Research: you’ll look at the importance of research in psychology, exploring the methods psychologists use for conducting research, sampling, descriptive statistics and ethical considerations.
  • Individual Behaviour: you’ll investigate how psychological approaches and theories address the study of the human mind. You’ll study the mandatory topic of sleep and dreams (and sleep disorders), and one other topic from stress, memory and psychopathology, and intelligence.
  • Social Behaviour: you’ll analyse how interaction with others and social environment shapes human behaviour. You’ll study the mandatory topic of conformity, and one other topic from prejudice, non-verbal communication and relationships.

There are two main forms of assessment:

  • An assignment, which is marked by the SQA and forms 33% of your overall grade. You’ll choose your own subject from a range of topics issued by the SQA, carry out your own research investigation, write it up and present it professionally.
  • A final exam which covers the three main units and forms 67% of your overall grade.

On successful completion of Higher Psychology, you might want to consider further study either on a full-time or part-time basis, such as Social Sciences, Psychology, Criminology, Counselling and many more.



This course is eligible for Individual Training Account (ITA) and Fee Waiver, depending on individual circumstances. For further information on funding go to our Funding and Fees tab to the right. Apply for your funding now to ensure it is in place before your course starts.

Any course over £150 is eligible to pay by instalments. Please contact our Finance department for further information on 01563 523501 Ext. 8558

Start Date

21 Aug 2018



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