HND Social Sciences - Year 1

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This course is a two year programme for those who are interested in social issues and who want to develop their knowledge in Social Science subjects or progress to a Social Science degree.


  • 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 

  • Entry is competitive
  • Each application is considered on an individual basis
  • 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

In Year 1 you will study exactly the same topics as the HNC Social Sciences programme:

  • 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.

In Year 2 you will continue with Psychology, Sociology, Politics and History and you will also study Research Issues and Criminology.

There are two Graded Units in Year 2 - an exam and a project.

Where can I go from here?

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