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Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Psychology Higher

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Evening

Duration 42 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

Cost £357
(see funding options)

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Course overview

This fascinating course will enable you to explain the human mind and behaviour from a range of psychological perspectives.  The Higher provides you with the opportunity to conduct practical research which involves working with human participants following 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 levels on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects. 

Course Fees: £357 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. Why do we sleep? Do our dreams have meanings?
  • 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. Who is more likely to conform? Why do we follow the orders of authority figures?

How the course is assessed

  • You will be assessed by an examination (67%) and an assignment (33%).
  • 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 psychological research investigation. 

Number of days per week

  • One online evening class per week (three hours per week) will take place every Wednesday from 6 pm-9 pm.
  • You will attend on-campus (Sighthill) on the first Wednesday of every month.

Entry requirements

  • Two A/B 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 the reason for choosing to study Psychology in your course application. 

    English Proficiency Requirements

    IELTS 6.0

    Progression and Articulation Routes

    • A variety of HNC/D courses or universities with Higher Psychology and other relevant qualifications.

    Study Options

    Campus Study mode Start date Duration Cost
    Sighthill Campus Evening 29/08/24 42 Weeks £357

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