National 5
Psychology SCQF Level 5

Explore the human mind and behaviour in a range of contexts.


Why take this course?

The course is suitable for all learners with an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of human behaviour, either to pursue study and career options related to psychology or to broaden their learning experience. Learners will probably have little or no prior experience of studying psychology, but an interest in human behaviour and life experience provides a good foundation to progress to this qualification.

What you will experience

Three areas of study are offered, options within each area offer personalisation and choice of topics in psychology, psychological research and their applications. Classic and contemporary research studies and themes can provide crossover points between areas of study. The areas of study are: Individual Behaviour, Research and Social Behaviour. 

Assessment includes an external exam plus an assignment, both externally marked and awarded by SQA.

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Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

Candidates should have achieved the fourth curriculum level or the National 4 People and Society course, the National 4 Psychology course or equivalent qualifications and/or experience prior to starting this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College:



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

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