Social Sciences NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course provides a foundation understanding of what society and social behaviour are all about.

It offers you the opportunity to examine your own life and lives of others using a framework of theory and research.

You will be actively encouraged to look in more detail at the reasons why people do what they do and if there are personal, social, political or historical reasons for different behaviours.

All of these questions are posed and explored in detail to encourage you to expand your mind and see a much bigger picture.

You will be encouraged to engage in theoretical concepts and will be helped to apply them to our everyday lives, for example explaining where our perception of crime comes from, where our own sense of identity and belonging comes from and how politics is connected to almost every aspect of our lives.

Special features:

  • Gain a broad range of transferable skills across subjects that are recognised by employers
  • Small student numbers mean there is a close working relationship between you and the staff
  • This course is an ideal introduction to the study of society
  • You will benefit from being challenged in a supportive environment
  • There is lots of opportunity for you to get involved with debate

Entry requirements

Three National 4s, one of which is preferably English
satisfactory attainment of a SCQF Level 4 course.
Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have the skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

Course content includes:

  •  Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Modern Studies
  • Criminology
  • History
  • Communication
  • Philosophy 

Please note that this course is currently under review and course content could change.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full Time

Face-to-face teaching, supported with Virtual Learning Environment engagement.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Full time

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

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The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you can progress to further study which may include NC Social Sciences (SCQF Level 6).

Alternatively, you can enter employment into a range of sectors where it is essential for you to understand people and society, this may include journalism, retail, museum services, human resources or police related jobs.

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Apply for Social Sciences NC Level 5

I want to start in 2021/22

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.