National 5

 

What makes you tick?

What shapes our personality?

What do our dreams mean?

How can we tell through body language if someone is attracted to us?

Why do we behave the way we do?

 

These are just a few of the questions that the National 5 Psychology course tries to tackle. Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviours. The way we think, how we feel and how we interact with others are all influenced by Psychology. The course is designed to stimulate interest in the field of Psychology and to provide students with an understanding of the key domains.

 

Course Description:

 

Unit 1: Individual Behaviour

Sleep & Dreams– We explore the purposes of sleep, according to different psychological approaches and explore the relevance and meaning of dreams.

 

Personality – We consider different theories of personality, including Freud. We explore the use of personality tests and their effectiveness.

 

Unit 2: Research

Research Methods – We will explore how Psychologists undertake experiments and explore the ethics behind particular experiments. Pupils will undertake their own experiments and research, which will strengthen their knowledge and understanding of concepts within the course.

 

Unit 3: Social Behaviour

Conformity – We will explore explanations of conformity, including informational and normative social influence, and consider why we comply with society. We will also consider individual and cultural factors when considering why we behave how we do.

 

Non-Verbal Communication – We study the purposes of body language, and whether our use and understandings of body language is learned or a result of biological factors.

 

Assessment

Throughout the academic year students will sit internal assessments on each unit of study. This will help them to prepare for the exam in May (worth 70%).

 

As part of the Research unit, pupils must plan their own psychological study and present their findings in a 1200-word report. This will be externally assessed.

 

 

Higher

 

What are sleep disorders and how do we develop them?

Why do we follow rules and obey authority?

Are we born with prejudiced attitudes and can we rid ourselves of them?

 

These are just a few of the questions that the Higher Psychology course tries to tackle. Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviours. The way we think, how we feel and how we interact with others are all influenced by Psychology. The course is designed to stimulate interest in the field of Psychology and to provide students with an understanding of the key domains.

 

Entry Requirements:

Recommendations based on S4/5 attainment. Preferred entry requirements—National 5 Psychology & National 5 English (B grade) OR Higher English & Higher Social Subject (C grade)

Course Description:

Students will study three units: Individual Behaviour; Research and Social Behaviour. These units are broken down into study themes as shown below:

 

Unit 1: Individual Behaviour

Sleep, Dreams & Disorders – We explore the purposes of sleep, according to different psychological approaches and explore the relevance and meaning of dreams.

Memory – We will consider different theories of memory, including forgetting, and how this is studied/treated in psychology.

 

Unit 2: Research

Research Methods – We will explore how Psychologists undertake experiments and explore the ethics behind particular experiments. Pupils will undertake their own experiments and research, which will strengthen their knowledge and understanding of concepts within the course.

 

Unit 3: Social Behaviour

Conformity & Obedience – We will explore explanations of conformity, including informational and normative social influence, and consider why we comply with society. We will also consider individual and cultural factors when considering why we behave how we do.

Prejudice – We will study stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination and what methods are being used by societies to reduce instances of prejudice.

 

Assessment

Throughout the academic year students will sit internal assessments on each unit of study. Students must pass each unit in order to achieve the Higher award.

 

As part of the Research unit, pupils must undertake their own psychological experiment and present their findings in a 2,500-word report. This will be externally assessed.