NQ Psychology and Understanding Mental Health

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Mental health awareness is now recognised as a key issue in contemporary society. This innovative new NQ programme is designed to equip you with an enhanced understanding of the matter, as well as a strong underpinning knowledge of Psychology. The course is likely to appeal to those with a general interest in Psychology and also in how we can facilitate our understanding of mental health issues to improve wellbeing.

This new programme covers topics such as psychopathology (understanding disorders e.g. depression, schizophrenia and phobias), prejudice, dementia, stress, loss and grief.


Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of three National 5s (or a relevant Level 5 NQ or NC such as Health and Social Care, or Social Sciences) as well as a keen interest in the subject area.


The programme will explore a number of key areas with regard to Psychology and various aspects of mental health.

Subjects will include:

  • Understanding of Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • Psychology: Individual Behaviour
  • Stress and Stress Management
  • Psychology: Social Behaviour
  • Understanding Loss and Grief
  • Care: Value and Principles
  • Psychology: Research
  • Clinical Psychology: The Individual and Mental Health
  • Human Development and Behaviour
  • Social Influences
  • Sociology: Human Society
  • Communication and Literature


Where can I go from here?

Graduates of this course will be able to go directly into the following courses: