Psychology SCQF Level 6

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of psychology.


Why take this course?

If you want to learn about the way we live and interact with other people, how we pick up on different signals, how we remember things and why we forget – this Higher course is perfect for you. You will develop a good understanding of the way that people behave in society, and how we form attitudes towards obeying rules and conforming to the majority. You will also learn about childhood influences, and what makes people different.

Generally, this course will provide pupils with an in-depth base knowledge of human behaviour, and allow them to develop key transferrable skills in analysis, interpretation, evaluation and research.

What you will experience

You will study three main areas:

  • Psychology: Research
  • Psychology: Individual Behaviour
  • Psychology: Social Behaviour

Over the duration of the course, you will:

  • Develop analytical skills
  • Learn how to interpret and evaluate information
  • Experience a way of learning similar to that used in universities
  • Develop valuable research skills
  • Develop skills in critical evaluation.

You will be taught at the Aberdeen City Campus, the Fraserburgh Campus or in school by a College lecturer. You will be taught by means of traditional teaching and lecturing, and also by means of presentations, class discussions and group work activities. Regular class debates will form an integral part of the course, and use of online resources will encourage you to explore and research key issues in everyday life.  Throughout the course delivery you will be offered an opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing.

You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Good time keeping skills
  • An interest in the course content and a commitment to learning
  • An ability to work independently
  • An ability to establish/maintain good relationships with others
  • Problem solving skills.

To achieve the full qualification you must successfully complete all units. There will be an assignment (which will require you to plan, carry out and report on your psychological research investigation). There will also be an external exam during the SQA Exam Diet.

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Key facts

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Entry requirements

This course is most suited to pupils in S6 who have already achieved a Higher in English, Modern Studies or Geography.  Given the reduced delivery time and the high level of self-study required, pupils with experience of study at Higher level during S5 will be better suited to this course. 

What you need to know

Anything else?

In order to take part in this course, you should:

  • Be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Being able to access online resources outwith the school or College environment will be an important part of your participation in this course.  You will also be expected to spend time self-studying and working on a research project through the year.

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress towards the following full-time course at North East Scotland College:

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


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Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.