A Level, Scottish Higher and International Baccalaureate


A Level, Scottish Highers and International Baccalaureate courses will look at how ideas and theories in the subject have developed and how to critically analyse evidence.

You will undertake some practical research and may get the opportunity to create your own experimental project.

The exact content of courses varies depending on the exam board but you can expect to study subjects such as social psychology (e.g. conformity), how we process information (cognition), memory, stress and the processes of development for children and adolescents.

By the end of the course you should be able to understand, analyse and form opinions on theories, and present and communicate your knowledge in a clear way.

Generally an A Level or Scottish Higher in psychology is not needed to go onto an undergraduate degree in the subject, but it will put you in good stead due to the knowledge you have gained at this level.