Social Sciences HNC (Senior Phase)


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This course is designed to help you see the world differently. We are all exposed to so much information in our daily lives that it can be difficult to assess what is real and what is ‘fake’: HNC Social Sciences is the perfect course for students who want to develop the skills to search for the truth.

You will be supported to develop your critical thinking and your complex problem solving abilities by looking for creative solutions to social, political and psychological problems. You will learn how topics cross over between all of your subjects, for example, the concept of power – you will explore this from a socio-political perspective but also an historical, criminological and psychological perspective; similarly, the concept of conformity and how this weaves into our everyday social, political and psychological behaviours.


Level SCQF 7

DeliveryFace to Face | Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - All day.


LocationInverness Campus

Duration 1 Year


Course content...

Mandatory units include:

  • Social sciences: research and methodology
  • Social sciences: graded unit 1
  • Psychology A: history and development of psychology
  • Sociology A: introducing sociological concepts and theories
  • Sociology B: application and analysis of sociological theory to sociological topics

What next... 

  • On successful completion of this course you may wish to apply for one of our Humanities or Gaelic degree programmes such as BA (Hons) Social Sciences, or one of our single or joint honours degrees in history; Scottish history; politics; and sociology and criminology

Your HNC Social Sciences qualification will open up a number of career opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The skills you develop will prepare you for jobs that require employees to be creative; critical; complex problem solvers; mature; and objective.


Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, preferably including English, History or Modern Studies.