HNC Social Sciences

Course Content

This HNC caters for learners wanting a holistic understanding of complex issues relating to various levels of everyday individual, social and cultural life. It will provide academic skills and theoretical knowledge for higher education and employment opportunities.

This highly academic course includes: Research and Methodology, Sociology, Psychology, Investigation, Press & Broadcasting, History, Criminology (and Geography, Counselling & Politics at Gardyne Campus). Guidance and support with study/exam skills and UCAS applications is provided. Progression can include 1st or 2nd year entry into a wide variety of degree courses and to HND Social Sciences.

Entry Requirements

Two relevant Highers, or one relevant Higher and NPA Level 6 or PDA. Advanced Certificate/Level 6 group award with all course credits (and conditions) successfully achieved, or equivalent will also be considered.

Further selection is also based on a strong personal statement. For progressing students - attendance record/previous performance and staff reference are considered. Relevant Highers include, but are not limited to, English, History, Modern Studies, Politics, Geography, RMPS, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Classical Studies, Media Studies, Human Biology.

Method of Assessment

This course contains a high academic workload. Assessments include: open and closed book, blogs, academic posters and presentations. Graded unit closed book exam.

Future Prospects

Successful completion can allow progression to HND Social Sciences (with 15 credits).


This HNC may allow 2nd year progression into a variety of social science related undergraduate programmes at universities including, but not limited to, Abertay, RGU, Aberdeen, UHI, Stirling, St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian, Queen Margaret University and the Open University.

Progression into 1st year university courses can include: Theology, Journalism, Law, Counselling, Psychology with Forensic Scene Investigation


For those not wishing to further their studies, HNC Social Sciences allows progression to a wide range of careers, employment opportunities and volunteering.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    26 Aug 2024

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    34 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Social Science

  • Tuition fees may be paid for full-time students in Scotland subject to meeting residency requirements, applications should be made to the appropriate funding body. International Students please refer to our International fees page

Recruitment is now for Reserve List places only – please contact us if you wish to discuss.

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