Social Science

Why should I study social science?

Studying humanity shows us how alike we are and how similarly we experience life.

Our courses will provide you with a clear and detailed grasp of how different parts of our lives are influenced by the same things, for example, disability, economics, transport links, climate change and COVID-19. It also gives you the tools to understand the meaning behind our actions and to put our own experiences into a wider societal context.

You will look at the theoretical perspectives associated with your subjects and will apply Sociological, Psychological, Political, Historical and Criminological theories to real world examples.

This is a wide field with employment prospects in different specialisms such as teaching, criminology, politics, history, psychology and social science. There are currently over 60,000 people employed in social sciences in the UK spanning a range of industries.

You’ll learn analytical, evaluative, problem-solving and critical thinking skills to understand social and cultural issues.

What jobs can I get in this area?

You can get jobs in a range of public, education, police, voluntary, charity and private sectors. They include social/youth worker, psychologist, counsellor and researcher.

How are the courses taught?

You’ll learn through groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

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.

What courses does the college offer?

We offer a range of social science courses. All our courses prepare you for employment in industry or for further training or qualifications.


Mary Heron - SWAP Access to Teaching and Social Science

I completed my HND at the College in 2019, and was awarded the prize for HND Social Science Student of the Year in the same year.  The completion of the HND may have been the end of my college journey, but I certainly wasn’t finished with education and learning.  I was delighted to gain direct entry to third year at the University of the West of Scotland where I started studying for a BA in Social Sciences. 

Mary Heron - SWAP Access to Teaching and Social Science

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