Psychology Higher

What is special about this course?

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.

    Higher Psychology can be studied in a number of ways:

    • Study Higher Psychology along with Higher Sociology and Higher English, as part of our Social Science Highers programme.
    • Study Higher Psychology along with two other National 4, National 5 or Higher level subjects, as part of our Care Practice Highers programme.
    • Or study Higher Psychology as a stand alone subject.

    Psychology content also forms part of our NC Social Science programme.

    Entry requirements

    While entry is at the discretion of the college, candidates will normally be expected to have the following or equivalent:

    • One National 5 pass in English, Psychology or a suitable alternative.

    You will gain:

    • Knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, approaches and terminology;
    • The ability to use thinking skills when analysing, evaluating and applying knowledge and understanding the role of research evidence in explaining human behaviour;
    • Research skills to select, organise, interpret and evaluate information;
    • The ability to plan and carry out psychological research, using appropriate methods and according to ethical and scientific standard communication and numeracy skills used in psychology.

    How will I study my course?

    • Full Time
    • Part Time

    Face to face

    How long will my course last?


    1 year

    Where can I study my course?

      • Inverness Campus

    Start date



    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


    Bursary or EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) if studying full time along with other subjects

    Additional costs

    If you wish to study part time there is a cost of approximately  £350 per subject (Based on 2020/21 price, 2021/22 price to be confirmed end March 2021). Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver.

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    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Higher Psychology provides suitable preparation for entry to higher education courses in psychology or further study in other academic and vocational subjects.  Examples are sciences or Social Science at HNC or degree level.  The varied skills, knowledge and discipline offer students preparation for careers in research, teaching, chartered psychology (forensic, clinical, educational, occupational) or other employment. 

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