Social Sciences NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

This course will provide students with both a broad and a detailed understanding of the different Social Science subjects. It offers students the opportunity to examine how their society works and to compare their own realities with those of other cultures. It also gives students the tools to understand the psychology behind our actions and to put our own experiences into a personal, social, political and historical context.

Students will look at the theoretical perspectives associated with their subjects as well as applying Sociology, Psychology and Politics to real world examples.

This NC provides students with an understanding and appreciation of, for example, the social influences of structures such as the media or the family. They also provide an introduction to concepts such as how the emotional attachment of children to parents influences life choices, or how historical events have shaped our concept of culture and identity, or how our own political system compares to those around the world.

The NC provides the opportunity to proceed to a Social Science based course at Higher National
or undergraduate degree level, but also underpins a number of career choices including Teaching, Journalism, Human Resources, local/national Government, Museum Curator or the Criminal Justice System.


Entry requirements

4 National 5s, 2 at A or B and 2 at C or D including a social subject and English
satisfactory attainment of a prerequisite SCQF Level 5 course or equivalent.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have the skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

The course provides students with a National Certificate (SCQF Level 6) with the opportunity to sit
one Higher.
Main contents include:
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Politics
• History
• Criminology
• Philosophy
• Study Skills


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

How long will my course last?

Full time - 1 year

Part time - 2 years

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?

Achievement of the NC Level 6 Social Sciences gives students progression onto our HNC Social Sciences.

Is there more information available online?

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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.