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).

  • A minimum of 1 Higher grade at C or above. English and/or Social Science subjects preferred. 
  • or SWAP Access to Social Sciences (dependent on grades) 
  • or NQ in Social Sciences Level 6 or other relevant NQ grouping at SCQF Level 5/6 or equivalent along with good academic references.

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.



You will study:

  • Research and Methodology (looking at the ways Social Science studies 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: