• Social Science

    Advanced Social Sciences

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, One Year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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Do you have an interest in issues affecting individuals and societies on local to global scales?

This course offers an insight into the various issues that social scientists try to understand and offer solutions to. You’ll examine your own society and compare this to other cultures, to develop an appreciation of different ways of looking at the world. You’ll explore theoretical perspectives, as well as applying real world examples and personal experience. You’ll find it contemporary, fascinating and full of lively debate and discussion!

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in social sciences
  • Five National 5s or equivalent OR a pass in a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 5
  • An interview with us

We also welcome applications from mature students who don’t possess formal qualifications, but have appropriate understanding and skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

What's Involved

This course explores the many fascinating disciplines of social sciences.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll explore different explanations for criminal behaviour using cases studies of extraordinary criminals, such serial killers, child killers and hostage takers. You’ll also look at the important role of Forensic Psychologists in the Criminal Justice system.
  • You’ll examine the psychological explanations of human behaviour through topics such as conformity and obedience. You’ll also look at the research process and the methods psychologists use for conducting research.
  • You’ll develop a sound knowledge of sociological theories and how they explain the structures of our society. You’ll apply these to a variety of contemporary social issues such as the impact of the mass media, the class system in the UK and the education system.
  • You’ll study the distribution of power in political systems and look at the UK, Scottish and US political structures. You’ll also examine the differing relationships between the institutions within these nations.
  • You’ll study events in history, examining the importance of social, economic and political movements such as migration to and from Scotland, the Welfare State, women’s rights, and the American Civil Rights Movement. You’ll assess the importance of these historical events in shaping our modern world.
  • You’ll build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.
  • Finally, you’ll develop your skills in understanding, analysing, evaluating and using complex, formal English in a range of written and spoken forms. You’ll read and learn about a variety of literary texts, such as drama, poetry and short stories.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto an HNC course such as HNC Social Sciences
  • Exploring your future career options in a wide range of disciplines and sectors.

With additional qualifications in social sciences, possible careers options include education, campaigning, research, the media, social work, the Police Service, voluntary sector, health and social care.


  • Spotlight on Social Sciences - Curriculum Manager Colin Ross explains what you can expect studying Social Sciences at the Kilmarnock campus. Click here to read the blog.
  • California calling - internationally renowned educator and activist inspires students via Skype. Click here to read the blog.

Go all the way! Discover how you can achieve a Social Sciences degree at Ayrshire College:

  • Click here to read the blog.

Find out what it’s really like - Student of the Year Ryan Campbell talks about his experiences of studying Social Sciences at Ayrshire College, and how it set him up for uni:

  • Click here to read the blog.

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Start Date

Aug 2022

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