PSYCHOLOGY HIGHER (SCP)
SCQF Level 6
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview
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THIS COURSE IS SPECIFICALLY FOR SENIOR PHASE SCHOOL PUPILS WHILE STILL AT SCHOOL.

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.
What You Will Learn
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  • 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.
Entry Requirements
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  • This course is only open to students in the sixth year. This is a demanding course and applicants need to ensure they are able to give the time and commitment required
  • Higher English and another Social Subject at Higher eg History Modern Studies Geography
English Proficiency Requirements
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  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
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  • 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 to carry out and report on your own psychological research investigation.
Progression And Articulation Routes
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  • HNC Social Science
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
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  • Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Sighthill campus or Milton Road campus
  • Open Learning- students will study at school on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon with online support available from a lecturer
Course Delivery
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FULL TIME PART TIME EVENING OPEN LEARNING BLOCK RELEASE
GRANTON x x x x x
MIDLOTHIAN x x x x x
MILTON RD x x x x x
SIGHTHILL x x x x x
OUTREACH x x x x x
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