• Social Science

    PDA Psychology (infill)

  • Eligible Schools

    All Ayrshire schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr Campus Tuesday and Thursday 2pm-4pm

    Kilmarnock Campus Tuesday and Thursday 2pm-4pm

    Kilwinning Campus Tuesday and Thursday 2pm-4pm

    Duration: 1 Year

Who is the course for

This SCQF Level 7 course is aimed at learners who wish to develop an understanding of human behaviour, the various theories of how the mind works, and the therapies offered to try and resolve issues.

This course offers learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of psychological approaches to explaining the mind, while providing the opportunity to develop relevant skills for further study and employment.

What is the course about

You will examine four schools of thought in Psychology, explaining how each developed since the nineteenth century, as well as the key features that differentiate one from another. You will also develop evaluation skills as you analyse each school.

You will also analyse psychological theories as they are related to specific topics in psychology, such as memory, stress, psychopathology, sleep and dreams, attraction, and prejudice. You will look at conflicting theories around psychological topics as well as research that supports and refutes their explanations. As part of the course you will also conduct research into a psychological topic producing a research report.

What do I need

  • An interest in Psychology, human behaviour and Social Sciences in general
  • Higher English or 3 National 5 passes in Social Subjects & English at B or above preferable

How will I be assessed

Assessment of the course consists of 2 open book assessment (one of which is a research project), and 1 closed book assessment.

Next Steps

On successful completion of the course you may wish to use this PDA in conjunction with other qualifications to apply for entry into an HN or Degree programme in a variety of areas such as Social Sciences, Business, Health Care, Social Care, Early Education, and many more.

Start Date

10 Jun 2019




Start Date

10 Jun 2019




Start Date

19 Aug 2019




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