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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7


This course is for those who want to learn about competing views, perspectives, theories and evidence in social science subjects such as psychology, sociology and philosophy. You will evaluate and conduct research in these areas and find out about the philosophical basis of these subjects.

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  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Social sciences: psychology and sociology
    • Other subjects such as philosophy and research methodology
    • Critical and evaluative thinking, problem solving, communication and presentation
    • Big data and Criminology
    • Research skills

Why choose this course

You will have the opportunity to develop skills that will fully prepare you for higher education at University. This will include talks and visits from employers within the social science sector which are included within the course to support you into your chosen career path. 

Entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade B, one of which must be English or equivalent, and one other relevant subject for example, RMPS, psychology, sociology, modern studies, history, geography, science or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject

We also encourage those with relevant experience to apply.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: HND or degree courses in psychology, sociology, economics or social science-oriented degrees such as criminology.

    Employment: roles in the health or civil services.

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview, plan to be in college for around two hours. Please bring evidence of your qualifications and the following prepared personal statement (maximum 300 words):

  • Qualifications
  • Work experience/volunteering experience/life experience
  • Personal qualities and interests
  • Reasons for applying for the course

The interview involves:

  • Information session
  • Individual discussion
  • Group discussion

Fees, Finance & Funding

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. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.