Psychology is best defined as ‘the scientific study of the mind and behaviour’ therefore you should have, aside from a basic interest in human behaviour, a good basic grasp of scientific principles and the ability to analyse and evaluate psychological theories and research studies.
The central theme of the course is to enable you to investigate psychological knowledge and research, which promotes your understanding of individual and social behaviour. You will analyse and evaluate concepts and theories, and draw on research evidence to explain human behaviour.
A good level of English at Standard Grade or National 5 level.
The course consists of three areas of study:
You will analyse individual behaviour, investigate topics and learn how these topics can be explained using psychological theories and research evidence.
You will analyse how interaction with others shapes social behaviour. You will investigate psychological explanations for social behaviour, and use research evidence to analyse how the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of individuals are influenced by their social environment.
You will understand and apply the research process and research methods used in psychology. You will develop the skills required to conduct and evaluate psychological research.
You may be eligible for an Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland to help pay for this course.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the cost of learning or training.
You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.
ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers. To find out more or to apply, visit myworldofwork.co.uk
Higher Psychology provides suitable preparation for entry to higher education courses in psychology or further study in other academic and vocational subjects. Examples are sciences or Social Science at HNC or degree level. The varied skills, knowledge and discipline offer students preparation for careers in research, teaching, chartered psychology (forensic, clinical, educational, occupational) or other employment.
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