Social Sciences

HND Social Sciences (Year 1)


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This course is a 2-year course 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.


Course Information

  • A minimum of 2 Higher grades at C or above.  English and/or Social Science subjects preferred.
  • or SWAP Access to Social Sciences (subject to grade profile) 
  • 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 that due to the high number of applications received, not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be selected for interview. Therefore, a well-written fully completed personal statement will be required.

Applications that do not include a personal statement or qualification details may be rejected.  

In year 1 you will study exactly the same as you would if you were on the HNC programme, so you will study: Research and Methodology (looking at the ways Social Science studies human behaviour), Sociology (the study of people in social groups), Psychology (the study of the mind and behaviour), History (the study of the known pasts), Politics (study of authority and government), Geography (study of inequality). There is also a graded unit exam.

In year 2 you will continue with Psychology, Sociology, Politics and History and you will study Research Issues and Criminology. There are 2 graded units in year 2 - an exam and a project.

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the 15 credit year 1 programme.

The 2-year HND should gain you access to a Year 2 place at many universities. However, you may alternatively be able to gain entry to Year 3 of some degree courses (with an appropriate grade in the Graded Unit).

On successful completion of Year 1 of the HND Social Sciences programme you will also be awarded Professional Development Awards (PDAs) in the following:

PDA in History
PDA in Politics
PDA in Psychology
PDA in Sociology


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