• Social Science

    HND Social Sciences

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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If you’ve already achieved HNC Social Sciences, you can progress to study a range of social sciences subjects equivalent to second year university level.

This is an excellent course that offers routes into a range of degree courses, employment and vocational training. You’ll consolidate your existing knowledge within the social sciences arena and enhance your analytical and evaluative skills. You’ll also further develop skills including communication, problem solving, critical thinking and the handling of complex information.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • HNC in Social Sciences (with a minimum 15 credits)
  • B pass in Graded unit exam
  • An interview with us

What's Involved

This course builds on your skills and knowledge gained on the HNC about human behaviour and society. You’ll develop a deeper awareness and understanding of social and cultural issues relevant to modern society.

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

  • You’ll critically examine psychological debates such as nature/nurture, freewill and determinism, and ethics, and apply these to topics such as interpersonal attraction, perception and emotion.
  • You’ll analyse sociological theories and debates underpinning current topical issues such as popular culture, poverty, social policy and religion.
  • You’ll evaluate the structures and relationships within the European Union and American Political Systems.
  • You’ll study major events in American history and evaluate their social and political impacts. Topics may include the experience of Native American Settlers, “The Roaring Twenties” and the Vietnam War.
  • Finally, you’ll examine the issues surrounding research in social sciences and carry out an investigative project of your choice.

Criminology may also be offered as an option.

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto a range of degree programmes, such as Social Sciences and Arts degrees, or BA Social Science with the Open University. Some universities offer possible 2nd or 3rd year entry, depending on the university, your graded unit results 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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