Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Psychology is a research-based subject, and provides the opportunity to conduct practical research. This includes working with human participants in accordance with ethical standards.
This course develops your ability to analyse psychological explanations for individual and social behaviour. You will learn about some of the ways that thoughts and emotions can affect how we feel and behave.
Knowledge of human behaviour is a useful subject for your personal development as well as being relevant to many career paths, including education, medicine and law.
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:
Psychology is a research based subject that develops your thinking, reasoning, numeracy and communication skills. You will learn about the research process and how to use psychological approaches, concepts, theories and evidence to describe and explain human behaviour. You will learn about ethical and scientific standards in psychological research.
The course comprises three areas of study.
The course assessment has two components totalling 100 marks:
For the assignment component, you will produce a report on your investigation of a topic in psychology and a research plan for further research on this topic. Your assignment will be set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The question paper will be set and externally marked by SQA.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in: