The aims of Higher Psychology are to:  stimulate candidates’ initial interest in psychology, by providing both a broad overview of the discipline, and the opportunity to study a selection of topics in some depth  develop an understanding of psychological theories, concepts, research studies, research methods, terminology and applications  develop knowledge of psychology within its historical context, and thus develop an appreciation of the dynamic nature of the discipline, including the importance of both classic and contemporary research and theory  promote a critical approach to the discipline as a science, emphasising empirical methodology, evidence-based theory and applications, continual updating of knowledge and the importance of ethical considerations The Higher Psychology Course is designed to stimulate curiosity, enjoyment and opportunities for self-development.


The study of psychology has unique potential to promote the development of cognitive, emotional and social skills which will enhance study activity, self-awareness, and conceptual understanding of issues of personal relevance. These are transferable skills of value in both personal and professional contexts, and it is intended that the Higher Course promotes these skills.