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 is a new will cover 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: