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Higher Psychology

Higher Psychology will enable learners to:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, approaches and terminology
  • Develop research and data analysis skills
  • Enhance key skills in the areas of thinking, health and wellbeing, reasoning, communication and evaluation.

Pupils will study three units.

Research – this covers the stages of the research process, experimental and non-experimental research methods, ethical guidelines and their use in psychological research, sampling methods and descriptive statistics.

Individual Behaviour – this includes explaining sleep, dreams and sleep disorders in addition to another a topic using psychological approaches and theories. It encompasses evaluating the use of approaches and theories to explain the individual behaviour and discovering how psychological knowledge can be applied.

Social Behaviour – this covers conformity and obedience and an additional topic and includes the explanation of concepts and theories, evaluating psychological research evidence and applying understanding of social psychology to everyday behaviour.


Exam Preparation

Candidates will undertake a final SQA exam which  is based primarily on knowledge and understanding developed through the course. 

Skills that will be developed include thinking, analysing, evaluating, health and wellbeing, numeracy, information handling, literacy and writing. 



Each student has been provided with a full course textbook to support their learning this year. This has been issued on the understanding that the book will be returned in good condition by the end of the academic year.

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