Psychology Higher

What is special about this course?

Psychology is defined as 'the scientific study of mind and behaviour'.  Throughout the course you will develop knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and research studies.  By the end of the course, you will be able to explain, evaluate and analyse both individual and social behaviours.  This understanding will further your knowledge of factors influencing behaviour and be useful on both a personal and professional level/

Entry requirements

2 National 5's (including English)

Adult learners will be considered without these qualifications

Research Methods:

In this unit you will learn about the research process and methods used in psychology.  You will learn about the different stages of research, explore experimental and non-experimental methods, sampling and the importance of ethics within psychology.  You will also gain an understanding of the numerical skills needed to design and conduct a psychological study and develop report writing skills.

Individual Behaviour:

The mandatory topic is Sleep and Dreams.  In addition, a second optional topic will be taught from memory or stress.  Here you will develop knowledge and understanding of psychological theory, approaches and how our psychological knowledge can be applied to improve health and wellbeing.

Social Behaviour

The mandatory topic is Conformity and Obedience.  In addition, the optional topic of Prejudice will be taught.  By the end of the topic, you will be able to explain, evaluate and analyse to what extent people's thoughts, feelings and behaviours are influenced by the social experiment.  We will also explore how our psychological knowledge in this area can be applied to improve health and wellbeing.


How will I study my course?

  • Evening

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall

Start date


This course is run as an Evening Class at Orkney College from (currently on a Wednesday) from 6.00pm to 8.45pm. 


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Knowledge of psychology and what influences people's behaviour is useful in a wide range of areas including health, social care, nursing, education, management, business and IT.  This also provides suitable preparation for entry to higher education courses in psychology, social sciences or health and social care.  Finally, you will learn transferrable skills such as evaluation skills, analytical skills and research skills which can be applied on both a personal and professional level.

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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI 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.