• Social Science

    Pathways to Social Sciences

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, 18 weeks

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in Social Sciences
  • Four National 4s or equivalent OR a pass in a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4
  • An interview with us


  • Are a continuing student who has successfully completed the August short FT Social Science course

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.


What's Involved

This course gives you a good introduction to the foundation and fascinating world of social sciences and builds on your existing knowledge of contemporary issues.

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

  • You’ll explore the nature of crime through famous high profile criminal cases and develop an understanding of crime and deviance.
  • You’ll look at social psychology and discover how people’s social environment and interaction with others shapes their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
  • You’ll explore sociology and how it can help in understanding the world we live in and examine different social issues such as culture and identity which affects us all.
  • You’ll examine current issues around equality and diversity, including different forms of discrimination, and their impact on individuals and society.
  • You’ll study the distribution of power in political systems and examine debates surrounding the role of the state versus the individual.
  • You’ll study events in history, examining the importance of social and political movements which have shaped our modern world, such as the Slave Trade and the American Civil Rights Movement.
  • You’ll learn about population distribution, growth and change in the developed and developing world, comparing and contrasting the factors which affect the inhabitants of these countries.

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto a Level 6 course such as Advanced Social Sciences
  • Exploring your future career options in a wide range of disciplines and sectors

With additional qualifications in social sciences, possible career 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

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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