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Intermediate 2

You usually take these courses if you:

  • have finished Standard Grade General level; or
  • want to take an alternative to Standard Grade Credit level; or
  • want to take up a new subject at school or college.

Generally, three national units (blocks of work that usually take 40 hours to finish) plus 40 hours flexible time make up these courses. 

Psychology: Intermediate 2

Why Psychology?

Psychology attempts to investigate human behaviour in a variety of ways. The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of basic psychological principles, the work of psychologists and how data is gathered for research. For those of you who are new to the subject, including adult learners, the course is designed to stimulate interest and enjoyment in Psychology. If you are progressing from Intermediate 1, the course will allow you to further your interest in Psychology and build on your previous knowledge and understanding of the subject. This is a useful subject for your personal development as well as being relevant to many career paths.

There are six key areas of study.

  • Developmental psychology (the social and mental development of children).
  • Cognitive psychology (how people develop learning and thinking processes, like remembering and problem-solving).
  • Physiological psychology (how people's thoughts, feelings, and actions are affected by biology).
  • Social psychology (how people's thoughts, feelings, and actions are affected by others).
  • Psychology of individual differences.
  • Research methods.

You will study five topics relevant to the above key areas in this course.

Entry to the Course

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have achieved one of the following:

  • Standard Grade in a social science subject at General level or relevant Access 3 units, or
  • Intermediate 1 Psychology, and
  • Standard Grade English at General level. 


 Course Outline

The course is made up of three compulsory units (each 40 hours) and another 40 hours of flexible time.

Psychology: Understanding the Individual

In this unit you are introduced to three of the six key areas:

  • developmental psychology - by studying the development of the self-concept
  • cognitive psychology - by studying cognition and learning
  • physiological psychology - by studying motivation.

You will study two topics - self-concept and learning theories - from the above key areas.

Psychology: Investigating Behaviour

In this unit you are introduced to basic research methods and practical research skills (one of the six key areas). You will plan and carry out research using different methods and report your findings in a research portfolio.

Psychology: The Individual in the Social Context

In this unit you are introduced to two key areas:

  • psychology of individual differences - by studying personality
  • social psychology - by studying two of the following topics:
  • group processes
  • non-verbal communication
  • altruism.

Core Skills

  • Int.2 (SCQF 5) Problem Solving


The course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the teacher/ lecturer and an external examination, set and marked by the SQA.



Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Higher in

  • Psychology

 Education or Training (NC/VQ); Employment in

  • Arts, Social Science & Religion
  • Social, Caring & Advisory Services