Studying Psychology will enable you to develop an understanding of the study of the human mind and behaviour in a range of contexts and to enhance your ability to use evidence to explain behaviour. The course will develop your understanding of psychology as the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. As Psychology is both an evidence and research-based subject it provides you with the opportunity to conduct practical research. This will include working with human participants in accordance with recognised ethical standards.
National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.
For classes taking place during the day you come to college twice a week for a two hour class. For evening classes you come to college or an outreach location within the community once a week for a 3 hour class.
Course Fees: £275 (approx.) per subject. Fees will be confirmed when application has been processed.
- Psychology: Research - will enable you to understand the research process and research methods used in psychology. You will develop the skills needed to conduct and evaluate psychological research and will also develop numerical skills and an understanding of psychological terminology.
- Psychology: Individual Behaviour - you will learn to analyse individual behaviour by investigating various topics and how these topics can be explained using psychological approaches and theories. You will evaluate different approaches and theories and apply psychological knowledge to show how an understanding of psychology can be applied.
- Psychology: Social Behaviour - you will examine how interactions with others shape social behaviour. You will investigate psychological explanations for social behaviour and will use research evidence to analyse how the thoughts feelings and behaviours of individuals are influenced by their social environment. You will learn how to apply psychological knowledge and understanding to explain examples of everyday social behaviour.
How Course Is Assessed:
- To gain the award of the course you must pass all of the units as well as the course assessment. All units are internally assessed and this can be on a unit-by-unit basis or by combined assessment.
- For the course assessment the question paper will sample psychological knowledge and understanding from all the units and will also require you to apply your knowledge and understanding to explain human behaviour. The assignment will require you to plan carry out and report on your own psychological research investigation.
Number of Days per week:
- 4 hours across 2 days (if PT day attendance) 3 hours on one evening (if evening attendance)
- You should have achieved a minimum of two passes at National 5/Intermediate 2 level.
- It is recommended that this includes English and Psychology (or another social subject e.g. History)
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level below which they are applying for.
- National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.
- Higher (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in the subject.
- Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher
- For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However National 5 English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5.
The above represents the minimum entry requirements.
These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application.
English Proficiency Requirements:
- You may be able to progress onto a variety of HNC/D courses or university with Higher History and other relevant qualifications.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
Fee: £260 Outreach evening (year 1)Fee: £260 Sighthill part-time (year 1)Fee: £260 Open Learning open-learning (year 1)
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