Psychology Higher

What is special about this course?

Higher Psychology is part of the NC Social Science Level 6 Course, and can be studied along with Higher Sociology and Higher Politics.  It can also be studied alongside Higher Care and Higher Childcare and Development.

Higher Psychology develops your understanding of psychology as the scientified study of the mind and behaviour. Topics studied include sleep, dreams and disorders, memory, conformity and obedience, and prejudice.

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.

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,

It forms part of the NC Social Science, and if you are interested in gaining a National Certificate in Social Science along with Higher Psychology, please see the entry for NC Social Science. 


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.

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

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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Apply for Higher Psychology along with Higher Sociology and Higher Politics NC Social Sciences L6

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Apply for Higher Psychology along with Higher Care or Higher Childcare and Development as part of the  Care Practice Highers Group

...>I want to apply in 2019/20

Apply for Higher Psychology on its own Higher Psychology

This will take you to the full time Care Practice Highers programme, however the way you want to study (e.g part time) will be updated following the interview.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Inverness College UHI. Inverness College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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