Social Sciences NC SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course provides a foundation understanding of what society and social behaviour are all about and the opportunity to examine your own life and lives of others in your local area, Scotland, the UK and across the world.

You will be introduced to a wide range of ideas and concepts and supported in applying them to your everyday lives, these include:

  • where perceptions of crime come from
  • where your own sense of identity and belonging comes from
  • how politics is connected to almost every aspect of our lives.

You will look in detail at the reasons why people do what they do and will explore the personal, social, political and historical reasons for different behaviours.  You will be encouraged to expand your mind and see a much bigger picture of society.

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:

  • Develop a broad range of transferrable skills such as problem solving and creative thinking 
  • Develop your confidence in looking at old problems through fresh eyes 
  • Lay the foundations for a lifelong interest in tackling social issues 
  • Develop the ability to challenge your own and other people’s attitudes and perceptions 
  • Develop the ability to recognise and disprove fake news

You will have the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers and take part in visits associated with the course.

Entry requirements

  • Three National 4s (including English/ESOL and a social subject). 
  • The course includes a mathematical element so National 4 Numeracy or Application of Maths is recommended. 


  • A SCQF Level 4 course. 
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above. 

Course content includes:

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

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This course is delivered face-to-face on campus.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Between 16-18 hours of timetabled classes per week.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course, you may progress to further study including our 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, including:

  • journalism
  • retail
  • museum services
  • human resources
  • police related jobs

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray 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.