National 5 Psychology (Course Code: C863 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Psychology?

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.

Career Pathways

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Administration and Management

Arts, Social Sciences and Languages

Communications and Media

Health and Medicine


Social, Caring and Advisory Services


What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:

What will I study?

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.


You will:

Individual Behaviour

You will:

Social Behaviour

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

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.

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What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

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