Networked Courses

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What is a Networked Course?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the 'live lessons' from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

NPA CRIMINOLOGY - SCQF Level 6 content

NPA CRIMINOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

NPA CRIMINOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

What skills will I gain?

This course will develop your understanding of the criminal justice system.  You will also study the complex nature of crime and the problems of measuring crime.

What units will I study?

  • Criminology: Nature and Extent of Crime

and two of the following optional units set by your teacher: -

  • Modern Studies: Social Issues in the United Kingdom
  • Criminology: Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Science: Practical Techniques
  • Criminology: Crime Control Strategies
  • Crime in Society

Entry Requirements?

Suitable for pupils in S5/S6 – it may be advantageous to have studied the NPA Criminology at SCQF level 5 but not essential.

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through open-book and closed-book assessments.

Where will it take me?

After successful completion of the course, you may choose to progress onto the PDA in Criminology or apply to further or higher education to further your studies.

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NPA LEGAL STUDIES - SCQF Level 6

NPA LEGAL STUDIES - SCQF Level 6

What skills will I gain?

This course provides you with the fundamental knowledge and understanding of Scots Law and its application.   Emphasis is given to the value of your opinion and the expression of ideas and principles.  You will develop a substantiated position with reasoned and qualified argument. 

What units will I study?

Crime in Society - The purpose of this Unit is to enable candidates to explain what constitutes a crime in Scotland and the main principles involved in the prosecution of crime and to explore the nature of crime and its effects on the individual and the community.

Scots Law: An Introduction - The purpose of this Unit is to provide candidates with a broad knowledge and understanding of Scots Law including the sources of law and how new law is made. They will learn about the differences between the criminal law and the civil law and about the structure, jurisdiction and appeals of both the civil and the criminal courts. They will develop knowledge and understanding of the system of criminal prosecution in Scotland, about the tribunal system, and about the roles, appointments and responsibilities of the legal profession.

Entry Requirements?

Suitable for S5/S6 pupils who have a pass at credit level in Nat 5 or Higher English

How and where will I study?

The course will be delivered online with ‘live lessons’ delivered via a virtual learning environment.  You will join the live lessons from either your school or your local Argyll College Learning Centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of methods.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of a National Progression Award may assist candidates to access full-time National Certificates in a range of related areas such as Legal Services, Business Management and Human Resource Management

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HIGHER PSYCHOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

HIGHER PSYCHOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

What skills will you gain?

Psychology is defined as ‘the scientific study of the mind and behaviour’. As well as a basic interest in human behaviour, you should have a basic grasp of scientific principles and the ability to analyse and evaluate theories and research studies. Assessment will involve describing relevant knowledge, analysing and evaluating this knowledge in terms of its scientific content, practical applications, ethical considerations etc. You will design an experiment/non-experiment based on a SQA candidate brief and write up a research report. This is worth 40% of the final mark and is marked externally. There is also a requirement to complete one piece of practical coursework.

What units will I study?

  • Individual Behaviour
  • Research
  • Social Behaviour

Entry Requirements?

You should have English and Psychology at National 5.

How and where will I study?

Classes are delivered via video-conferencing

How will I be assessed?

There is a prelim exam to allow you to see the layout of the exam paper and to identify strengths and areas for improvement, these are marked internally and graded. There will also be a final exam.

Where will it take me?

Higher Psychology is suitable preparation for entry to higher education courses in psychology or further study in other academic and vocational subjects.

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HIGHER SOCIOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

HIGHER SOCIOLOGY - SCQF Level 6

What Skills will I gain?

The course will help you develop:-

  • an understanding of society through gaining knowledge and understanding of sociological perspectives, theories and concepts
  • the ability to challenge common-sense explanations about human social behaviour using sociological understanding and evidence
  • an understanding of cultural and social diversity, including the significance of relationships among individuals, groups and institutions in a changing social world
  • an understanding of the role of sources of information, research evidence and research methods used in sociology
  • research skills, including the ability to select, organise, analyse and evaluate information ¨ thinking and communication skills used in sociology

There are three areas of study

Human Society

Culture and identity

Social Issues

Entry requirements

You should have achieved or be working towards Higher English

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