Psychology Higher (SCHOOLS)

Please note this course is full and applications are being accepted for waiting list only.

The student will investigate a range of topics and learn how these topics can be explained using psychological theories and research evidence. This will involve evaluating and applying theoretical knowledge to show an understanding of individual human behaviour. The student will also see how this knowledge can be put to use in everyday life.

The three key areas of study are:

  • Individual behaviour
  • Social behaviour
  • Research


Alloa campus: Tuesday and Thursday (afternoons) Falkirk campus: Tuesday and Thursday (afternoons) 
Stirling campus: Friday (Morning - mid afternoon)

The followin reflect the course content.

Individual behaviour

Two mandatory topics will be studied in this section: Sleep and Dreams 

The student will investigate why sleep is required including the various factors which affect the quality of sleep

Plus one SQA optional topic choice

Social behaviour

The student will explore how behaviour and beliefs are shaped by the people around you. Investigating psychological explanations for social behaviour, and using research evidence to analyse how the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of individuals, are influenced by their social environment. The student will then use these explanations to explain examples of everyday social behaviour.

Two mandatory topics will be studied in this section: Conformity and Obedience

Plus one SQA optional topic choice


Research is the key to psychological knowledge and the student will develop the skills required to conduct and evaluate psychological research. As well as developng numerical skills and an understanding of psychological terminology.


Employment in a relevant field such as:

  • Social Work
  • Police Force
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Market Research
  • Local Government
  • Nursing
  • Local Council positions
  • Social Projects
  • Early Education
  • Social Policy fields

  • Students who successfully complete this Higher can progress onto university studies in line with the university selection criteria
  • Progression in Forth Valley College onto HNC studies

  • Applicants for this course should have a mimimum of a C grade pass in a Higher subject such as English and/or social/science subjects


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• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
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• If your application is successful, you will be invited to an information session
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Falkirk Campus

Start date

23 August 2022

End date

18 May 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6