• Social Science

    HNC Social Sciences

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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If you’ve always wanted to understand the world we live in, the way it shapes us and the opportunities we have to shape the future of our society, then this course is for you.

This is an excellent course that offers progression onto the HND Social Sciences as well as routes into a range of degree courses, employment and vocational training. You’ll consolidate your existing knowledge from previous study of Social Subjects and enhance your knowledge of a wide and exciting variety of new subjects.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • Two Highers at B, including English and Social Subjects
  • To have successfully completed a relevant Level 6 course
  • An interview with us

What's Involved

This course looks at social issues that impact on our daily lives, from individual life experiences to global politics.

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

  • You’ll look at the social and historical context in which Sociology developed as an academic discipline.
  • You’ll explore the founding theories and how these help our understanding of societal issues such as gender, race, class and age inequality, as well as mass media, crime and deviance, education and family.
  • You’ll learn about the development of the major schools of thought in Psychology and the theorists that helped shape them. You’ll develop a psychological understanding of issues affecting individual and social behaviour such as Forensic Psychology and the nature of criminal behaviour. You’ll also explore Psychopathology (schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, phobias), memory and stress.
  • You’ll develop an understanding of the structures and relationships within and between Westminster and the Scottish Parliament. You’ll learn about the ever changing nature of UK and Scottish politics, before looking at some of the philosophical theories, principles and ideas that helped shape the modern Western political world.
  • You’ll study major events in Scottish history and evaluate their social and political impacts. Topics may include the experience of Irish Migrants, the impact of industrialisation to the rural population and the changing political landscape of the 20th century.
  • Finally, you’ll examine the importance of research in social science, looking at the crucial role it plays in legitimising the work of social scientists. You’ll look closely at the research process and evaluation methods, before conducting your own social science research project.

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto HND Social Sciences.
  • Moving onto a range of degree programmes, such as Social Sciences and Arts degrees, or BA Combined Social Science with the Open University. There’s the possibility of 2nd year entry, depending on the university, your graded unit result and references.
  • Exploring a number of career opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors, such as education, central and local government, health and social care, campaigning and research, voluntary sectors, media and HR.


  • Go all the way! Discover how you can achieve a Social Sciences degree at Ayrshire College. Click here to read the blog.
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  • HND’s great debate - Social Sciences students get everyone talking at gender equality event. Click here to read the blog.
  • It’s good to talk - Social Sciences students lead lively discussions for dementia sufferers. Click here to read the blog.
  • Find out what it’s really like - Student of the Year Kyla Manderson talks about her experience of studying Social Sciences at Ayrshire College, and how it’s set her up for uni. Click here to read the blog.

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Start Date

Aug 2022

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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