SCQF Level 6
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview

Psychology Higher will teach you how to explore the human mind and behaviour in a range of contexts. This course will show you how to study and explain human behaviour through academic evidence as well as enhance your employability skills. As Psychology is both an evidence and research-based subject, this course will provide you with the opportunity to conduct practical research. This will include working with human participants in accordance with recognised ethical standards. This course is academically challenging and requires the ability to study independently. 


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. 


Course Fees: £326 per subject. Fees will be confirmed when an application has been processed. 

What You Will Learn
  • Research: Understand the research process and methods used in psychology and develop the skills needed to conduct and evaluate psychological research using numerical skills and psychological terminology
  • Individual Behaviour: Analyse individual behaviour by investigating various topics and how they can be explained using psychological approaches and theories
  • Social Behaviour: Examine how interactions with others shape everyday 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
Entry Requirements
  • Two passes at National 5/Intermediate 2 level  
  • It is recommended that this includes English and Psychology (or another social subject e.g. History) 
  • You should identify clearly the reason for studying your chosen subject in your course application 
    English Proficiency Requirements
    • IELTS 6.0
    How the course is assessed
    • You will be assessed by an examination and an assignment 
    • The examination 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 
    Progression And Articulation Routes
    • A variety of HNC/D courses or university with Higher Psychology and other relevant qualifications 
    Number Of Days Per Week
    • Part-time - 2 classes  per week (four-hours per week) 
    • Evening – This will be taught by a blended learning model. Students will be required to attend some classes on campus and some teaching will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. Students will be issued a detailed schedule at the start of the course.
    Course Cost And Funding Options
    Student Stories

    44-year-old Jenny Anderson came to Edinburgh College after having spent years raising her three children. She has been given the Award for Academic Excellence in Social Sciences and now graduates with HNC in Social Sciences. Jenny says her education journey isn’t over yet: 


    “I think being recognised for an award is uplifting and helps to inspire others. I would say the best thing about studying at Edinburgh College is getting to meet other like-minded people that share a passion for my subject choice. 


    My plans for the future are to further my studies, I have a keen interest in children’s mental health and counselling and having achieved this award I am confident I will go on to achieve this. I’m having a few months off with my children and plan to continue my studies in the new year.” 

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    Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

    Higher and National 5 Timetable
    Applying for Higher and National 5s

    Online applications for Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses can be made via enrolment events. All applicants who meet the entry requirements following exam results will be guaranteed a place. 

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