Psychology Higher (SCP)
Milton Road Campus
Qualification SCQF Level 6
Study mode Part time
Duration 41 weeks
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This course is for S6 pupils who are still at school.
Higher Psychology will teach you how to explore the human mind and behaviour in a range of contexts. You will investigate human behaviour by analysing academic evidence. As Psychology is a research-based subject, this course will provide you with the opportunity to conduct your own research.
If you are keen to find out why people behave and think in the way they do then this course is for you.
This course is academically challenging and requires the ability to study independently.
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
You will learn why we spend a third of our lives sleeping, why adolescents are more likely to be night owls than morning larks, why sleep deprivation affects mental health, what your dreams mean and much more in this area of Individual Behaviour.
You will also learn why some people are more obedient than others, why some people change their thoughts and behaviour to match the majority, why we conform in some situations but not in others and much more in this area of Social Behaviour.
You may also study depression, prejudice or social relationships.
How the course is assessed
- You will sit an examination that SQA marks
- You will conduct psychological research and submit a report to SQA
Number of days per week
- 2 afternoons per week: Tuesday & Thursday 1:30 pm - 4.00 pm
- At Sighthill campus the Tuesday afternoon class will be online and the Thursday afternoon class will be on-campus
- At Milton Road campus the Tuesday and Thursday afternoons will be on-campus
- Higher English at Grade B and another relevant subject at Higher (Grade B) level e.g. History, Modern Studies, Biology
- This is an extremely demanding academic course and applicants need to ensure they are able to give the time and commitment required. They need to be able to work independently and juggle the demands of their school and college workload
English Proficiency RequirementsIELTS 5.5
Progression and Articulation Routes
- HNC Social Science
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