Psychology SCQF Level 6

Explore psychological explanations for individual and social behaviour.


Why take this course?

The human brain and its intricacies have fascinated the earth’s greatest minds for hundreds of years. The study of psychology gives insight into human behaviour and decision making - beneficial to anyone who interacts with others on a daily basis.

This course is suitable for those wishing to progress to further/higher education — or anyone with an interest in human behaviour — and will allow you to gain an understanding of psychological theories, concepts, research studies and methods, whilst exploring various behaviours. You will also consider the ethical implications of psychological research and place psychology within its historical context, contrasting both classic and contemporary theory.

What you will experience

The Higher psychology course starts off with a short introduction: What is Psychology and The 5 Approaches. It then moves onto three main units:

1. Understanding the Individual. This unit covers:

  • Stress: The Biological features of stress response; why we suffer stress; how we deal with stress; psychological and physiological coping strategies.
  • Memory: How we retain memories; we look at 2 different models of how our memory functions and compare the merits of each of these; how and why we forget; discuss techniques that can be used to enhance our memory.
  • Early Socialisation: The effect of early socialisation on both parent and child; how and why this attachment develops; cultural differences; parenting styles; psychodynamic and behaviourist theories behind attachment.

2. Investigating Behaviour. This unit looks at the various methods of research available to use, experimental and non–experimental methods and how each of these can be carried out, how we display the data collected and how we analyse the data and the ethics involved in carrying out research.

3. The Individual in the Social Context. This unit offers various topics, but we teach:

  • Obedience and Conformity — why do we follow rules; normative and informational influence; why we conform in our society; why we obey and strategies used to resist social pressure. Although case studies are important in every unit they are very relevant in this unit — Milgram; Asch; Hofling; Zimbardo
  • Atypical Behaviour — Definitions — What is atypical behaviour — how can we define this; the symptoms of depression, phobias and schizophrenia; classification systems; and how the psychological approaches would view atypical behaviour.

The assessment of this course consists unit assessments, a research log and a research investigation which is marked externally.

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Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

Candidates should have Standard Grade Credit, National 5 or Intermediate 2 level qualifications.

Please send evidence of these qualifications to our Student Advice Centre as evidence of meeting the entry requirements for this course. Please email evidence to enquiry@nescol.ac.uk.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you may want to consider progression to the following course(s) at North East Scotland College:


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