• Social Science

    Advanced Social Sciences and the Environment

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, One Year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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This course was recently recognised at the National Green Gown Awards, winning first place for student engagement and is aimed at students who have an interest in social and environmental 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! In addition as part of the programme students complete a project with the Park Rangers at Dean Castle Country Park which may make them eligible for a variety of additional awards, such as John Muir and Saltire awards.

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 and environmental studies.

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 as serial killers. You’ll also look at the important role of Forensic Psychologists in the Criminal Justice system.
  • You’ll examine psychological explanations of human behaviour through topics such as conformity. You’ll also look at the research process and 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 mass media, class 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 and political movements such as migration to and from Scotland, 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 develop an understanding of environmental issues and the need for sustainable policies to meet today’s needs, without compromising future generations. Global and local resource use will be examined, focusing on strategies to conserve valuable sources of food, water and energy.
  • You’ll examine some of the important human issues, such as the rainforests disappearing, inadequate housing and traffic congestion. You’ll develop an understanding of what can be done to address these pressing concerns.

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto an HNC course such as HNC Social Sciences
  • Progression onto HNC Countryside Management and Environmental Management at SRUC
  • 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.

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.
  • A different route - former bus driver Scott Montgomery shares his plans following graduation, including further study and a career in counselling. Click here to read the blog.

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Start Date

Aug 2022

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