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 students the opportunity to examine their own lives and those of others using a framework of theory and research. Students are actively encouraged to look in more detail at the reasons why people do what they do, are there personal, social, political or historical reasons for different behaviours? All of these questions are posed and explored in detail to encourage students to expand their minds and see a much bigger picture.

Students 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.

This course provides a platform for entry to NC Social Sciences (Level 6) but also offers a grounding for anyone wishing to embark on careers in Teaching, Journalism, the Civil Service or the Police.

Entry requirements

3 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.

This programme offers students the opportunity to gain a NC in Social Sciences (SCQF Level 5) and consists of a collection of NC units at National 5 Level making up the full qualification. Therefore you are not required to sit the external National 5 exams.
Contents include:
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Modern Studies
• Criminology
• History
• Communication

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

Full time - 1 year.

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?

The NC (SCQF Level 5) enables further study including progression onto a National Certificate SCQF Level 6 course. It also shows employers that you have a recognised academic qualification in a broad range of subjects which would help you gain employment in a sectors where you have to understand people and society. These could include journalism, retail, museum services, human resources or police related jobs.

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I want to start in 2019/20

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.

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