Higher (SCQF Level 6)


1 year


  • Highers, National Qualifications & Units
  • Social Sciences


  • Online

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

This course is delivered online. 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,  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.