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 in your local area, in Scotland, in the UK and across the world.

You will be helped to look in more detail at the reasons why people do what they do and explore the personal, social, political and historical reasons for different behaviours.

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

You will be introduced to theoretical concepts and will be helped to apply them to your everyday lives. You will look at where perceptions of crime comes from, where your own sense of identity and belonging comes from and how politics is connected to almost every aspect of our lives.

This course lays foundations for lifelong learning and helps develop transferable skills such as problem solving, time management and social awareness all of which will help you progress with your studies and boost your CV and future career prospects.

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 must be English or English for Speakers of Other Languages
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 

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From August/September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course.
  • Full Time

The course will be delivered through a blended approach of online classes and face to face sessions.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Between 16-18 hours of timetabled classes per week over 4 days

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

Start date



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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We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22

I want to start in 2022/23

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.