Psychology and Social Sciences Introduction National 5

What is special about this course?

This course is suitable for all learners with an interest in finding out more about the human mind and behaviour, and how interaction with others shapes social behaviour - 'Why we say and do the things we do'. You may have little or no prior experience of studying social sciences, but a genuine interest in human behaviour and life experience will provide a good foundation for study.

Find out more about the human mind and behaviour, and how interaction with others shapes social behaviour.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding from achieving related National 4 courses or units, and/or equivalent experience in your daily life.

During the course you will investigate social psychology, and use relevant concepts and research evidence to explain how the behaviours of individuals are developed through interaction with others and within the social environment. You will use psychological knowledge and understanding to explain examples of everyday behaviour. You will also dip into the broader field of social sciences, and in particular how psychology can relate to sociology and criminology.

This is an opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of human behaviour, either to pursue study and career options related to psychology or simply to broaden your learning experience. The course is an ideal preparation for the full-time NC Social Sciences course at level 6, or selected units from that course. Part of that preparation is the development of study skills including research and the completion of formal assessment. You will therefore also undertake the level 5 unit Psychology: Social Behaviour (SQA code H262 75).

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

Classroom sessions will include a variety of activities including individual work, group activities, whole class discussions and tutorials with your lecturer. The course is networked and will therefore utilise videoconferencing facilities.

How long will my course last?

30 Hour

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more details on the course start date.


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What can I do on completion of my course?

This course, and particularly the associated study skills you gain, would prepare you well for entry to the level 6 NC Social Sciences course. However you would also need to hold the minimum entry qualifications for that course (available from the NC Social Sciences page).

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Apply for Psychology and Social Sciences Introduction National 5

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local UHI Argyll Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.