You will receive a general introduction to psychology in your first year, covering biological, social and developmental psychology, the psychology of memory and perception, individual differences and language and thinking. You will also learn about research methods and use statistics in psychology.
You will continue to study the core areas of psychology, along with neuropsychology, abnormal, and historical psychology, and you will develop your research skills by practising statistics and running practical experiments.
You will take an advanced tutorial course to help you critically analyse psychology research papers. You will take advanced courses in the core areas required for British Psychology Society accreditation (social, developmental, biological, cognitive and differential psychology) and carry out a literature review and a group research project in one of these core areas.
Most students can choose from a range of specialised, research-led options. These include Clinical Neuropsychology; Human Cognitive Abilities; Memory, Ageing and the Brain; Causes and Consequences of Personality; Children with Language Impairments; and Social Judgement and Decision-Making. You will also carry out an original research project.
2022 entry requirements
4 Highers at AABB (minimum) but typically AAAA (first sitting) or AAAB (minimum) but typically AAAA (two sittings) including 1 from Maths, Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Computing Science, Geography, Physics, or Psychology plus English at National 5 at C and Maths at A or Maths and Physics at B.
Widening access entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (by end of S6) including 1 from Maths, Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Computing Science, Geography, Physics, or Psychology plus English at National 5 at C and Maths at A or Maths and Physics at B. Highers at BBB must be achieved in one sitting S4-S6.
Degree programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society. (BPS)
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