HNC Social Sciences

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This popular course is for those who are interested in people and society, and who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of Social Science subjects.

The HNC Social Sciences programme is multi-disciplinary, therefore opening up a wide range of degree study opportunities in a number of academic areas (including History, Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Criminology amongst others).

  • Two Highers preferred; English and/or Social Science subjects also preferred - such as History, Modern Studies, Geography, RMPS, Psychology, Sociology, Politics or Philosophy
  • or SWAP Access to Social Sciences (dependent on grades) 
  • or NQ Social Sciences Level 6 or another relevant NQ grouping mainly at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent (such as NQ Psychology with Criminology, NQ Psychology and Understanding Mental Health or NQ Criminology and Forensic Science) along with good academic references
  • This list is not exhaustive and applicants with more diverse backgrounds and academic profiles may also be considered

Please note 

  • Each applicant is considered on an individual basis and previous work experience and prior learning will be taken into consideration
  • Due to the high number of applications received, not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements can be selected for interview. Therefore, a well-written personal statement will be supportive in this process
  • Applicants who do not have the preferred subjects may be placed on a reserve list
  • Entry is competitive



You will study:

  • Research and Methodology (looking at how the Social Sciences study human behaviour)
  • Sociology (the study of people in society)
  • Psychology (the study of the mind and behaviour)
  • History (the study of the known pasts)
  • Politics (the study of authority and government)
  • Geography (the study of inequality)

There is also a Graded Unit exam in the spring.

Where can I go from here?

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