• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Social Science
  • HND (SCQF Level 8)


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Intro to the course:

This course is designed for those who wish to study a 2 year HND social science programme. It will help you to develop your understanding of social science, critical thinking, analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills. The course offers a broad curriculum and opportunities to study a diverse range of subjects such as psychology, sociology, history, politics and research methods.

HND (SCQF Level 8)

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Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to start a career in social science. The course will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or progress into the industry.

What will I study?

You'll learn analytical, evaluative, problem solving and critical thinking skills to understand social and cultural issues. Units include research and methodology, sociology and psychology, graded unit, politics and history. You'll learn through groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

Next step course options

On completion of year two HND Social Science progression may lead to: psychology, social science, criminal justice, sociology, social work, politics and degree programmes.

How will I be assessed?

Closed and open book assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

This is a wide field with employment prospects in different specialisms. This course will give you the skills, knowledge and experience to progress to second/third year of a university social science-related subject. You'll be taught by staff who are experienced in the social sciences. You'll have the opportunity to visit various organisations and make links between class learning and the wider world.

Where can this course lead?

This course can lead to employment within s range of public, education. voluntary and private sectors. Examples include social or youth worker, psychologist, counsellor, researcher, within the police or with a charity.

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following: 

  • minimum of one Higher at C grade or above 
  • 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 award
  • acceptance may depend on interview

What are the interview arrangements?

Interview with professional reference, essay and qualifications discussed.

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 26/08/2024 Duration 1 year
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