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 meaning behind our actions and to put our own experiences into a wider societal context.

Students will look at the theoretical perspectives associated with their subjects and will apply Sociological, Psychological, Political, Historical and Criminological theories to real world examples.

This course provides students with a clear and detailed grasp of how different parts of our lives are influenced by the same things for example disability, economics, transport links, climate change and COVID-19. Studying humanity shows us how alike we are and how similarly we experience life. The course therefore enables students to recognise their own role and those of others in achieving greater understanding.

Achieving the NC provides the opportunity to progress onto the HNC Social Science and then on to a wide range of Humanities undergraduate programmes.  The course also equips students with the transferable meta-skills of self-management, social intelligence and innovation that are integral to careers such as teaching, local and national government, the criminal justice system, social work, museum curation and journalism to name a few.

Special features:

  • You will achieve a greater understanding of humanities and society
  • Gain a broad range of transferable skills across subjects that are recognised by employers
  • You will benefit from being supported with your own personal growth
  • You can gain access to a wide range of career opportunities where you will make a difference to the world

Entry requirements

Four National 5s, two at A or B and two at C or D including a social subject and English or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
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 at SCQF Level 6.

Main contents include:
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Politics
• History
• Criminology
• Philosophy
• Study Skills


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
  • Part Time

How long will my course last?


Full time - 1 year

Part time - 2 years

Between 16-18 hours of study each week

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 SCQF Level 6 Social Sciences gives students progression onto our HNC Social Sciences.

Is there more information available online?

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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.