Access to Arts and Social Sciences: Psychology ADED11417E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to the ideas, methods and themes of Psychology. The course will survey several main themes (e.g. memory, identity, developmental Psychology, Social Psychology), aiming to develop understanding, knowledge and study skills to enable effective study at university Level 1 standard.


2 hours per week for 20 weeks

Semester 1&2: Mondays, 19.00 - 21.00

Semester 1&2: Tuesdays, 10.00 - 12.00


At enrolment students will be asked to select one of the two sessions. There will be no opportunity to change session.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One essay (up to 1500 words) (25%) 

One practical report (up to 2000 words) (25% each) 

Final 60-minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

■ To put in place the basic understanding of Psychology that will enable students to cope with Level 1 undergraduate study

■ To develop core skills for Psychology study: essay writing (including referencing), critical reading, contributing to tutorials, numerical skills, etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate their understanding of the character of the questions posed by Psychology and the scientific means by which it goes about answering them;

■ Correctly and confidently use key terminology of this field of study

■ explain key ideas central to several broad areas of Psychology (e.g. memory, personality, social, developmental);

■ Describe research methods used in Psychology


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.