Psychological and Sociological Understanding of Human Development 30 credits at SCQF Level 7

1. Overview

This module gives an overview of ways of understanding human development across the lifespan drawing on key perspectives from sociology and psychology.

A significant number of potential students don’t have the right level of entry qualifications to embark on a higher education degree course and this module is one of four distance learning modules which will allow applicants to top up their academic credits. The modules are independent of one another and applicants can select the module that best meets the gap in their learning.

This stand-alone module will be relevant to workers with gaps in knowledge in a particular area or those with a more general interest in developing their knowledge. This module addresses working with people in settings including; community work, social care, education, health and focuses on understanding people and how they react at any stage throughout the life course.

2. What you will study

This stand-alone on-line distance learning module is credit rated for 30 credits at SCQF 7. This module includes a minimum of a workbook, 8 podcasts and on line support from the module co-ordinator each week. The students have 8 weeks of teaching input and four weeks to develop their assignment.

3. How you will learn

Throughout the module the online materials and individual study will allow students to address the three learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the social influences on behaviour, identity, experiences and life chances using a range of sociological theories and perspectives.
  2. Explain a range of psychological perspectives and show how they provide an understanding of development, behaviour and identity formation across the life span.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how the cultural context influences human development.

4. Entry Requirements

Two passes at higher or above or SVQ111 or equivalent. Applicants should either be in employment or have recent relevant experience of working to support individuals.

5. Student Funding


The fee for this module is £800

6. How to apply

For further information or to submit an application form please contact the course leader: 

Mike Shepherd

Telephone: 01224 263375

7. Prospects

In order to apply for degree level courses applicants require 120 credits at level 7. Completion of this module will provide students with 30 credits and completion of all four modules 120 credits which makes students eligible for application to a range of degrees such as social work, social pedagogy, social science, nursing and community work.

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30 credits at SCQF Level 7

Start Date

November 2017

Mode of Attendance

Distance Learning

Academic School
School of Applied Social Studies
More Information:
Mike Shepherd Lecturer
01224 263375