Access to Social Science


This module is part of the AHEAD suite of modules and provides an introduction to the core areas of sociological and psychological study.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :a broad introduction to the core areas of the disciplines of sociology and psychology and to some seminal studies

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate a basic understanding of some of the topics falling under the core areas of Psychology as defined by the British Psychological Society.

2.  Describe some seminal studies from the core areas of Psychology

3.  Understand the implication of the findings from seminal psychology studies.

4.  Demonstrate an understanding of sociology as a mode of explanation and method of enquiry.

5.  Demonstrate a basic sociological understanding of social stratification, social institutions, Inequality and Identity.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to Psychology

1. Thinking like a Psychologist: The Science of Human Thought and Behaviour. 2. An introduction to Cognitive Psychology: Memory 3. An introduction to Biological Psychology: The Brain 4. An introduction to Social Psychology: Social Cognition 5. An introduction to Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development 6. An introduction to Individual Differences: Personality.

2 An introduction to Sociology

7.Sociological Imagination: Seeing the strange in the familiar by examining the processes of socialisation in everyday life; 8.Sociological Method: Discovering what we think about British social life through an examination of the UK Social Attitudes Survey. 9.Examining Social Structure 10.Social Institutions and Structures of Power: Examining institutional practices of social control; 11. Wealth, Poverty and Welfare; 12.Health, Medicine and Well-being.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Psychology Component: in each session students will be introduced to a core area of Psychology. A lecture will provide a general overview of the topic under investigation. In each session a seminal study will be introduced and students will be expected to engage in a discussion of the study, its findings and their implications. The Psychology component will be assessed by a 1.5 hour examination. The exam paper will contain a question from each of the core areas of Psychology and students will be expected to answer 2 questions in the allocated time. The Sociology Component: Students will be introduced to a core sociological theme each week. The sociology classes will be a mixture of lecture, group work and class discussion and will be assessed by a 1250 word essay.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 15
Tutorial/Seminar 15
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 30
Independent 140

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.