• Social Science

    Social Sciences Level 6

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration


  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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Social science is crucial in helping us understand and tackle Society’s problems. Whether it is studying the impact of ever evolving technology on our lives, environmental issues such as climate change, mental health and wellbeing, poverty, inequality, this course will help you understand the relevance of Social Science to 21st Century

Our exciting course includes social science subjects such as sociology, psychology, criminology, social research, history and politics. Through studying the social science you will develop a better understanding of societies and cultures. In addition, you will develop your essential skills that will improve your communication skills, self-awareness and confidence, digital skills, self-management, and social intelligence.

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 criminal behaviour using cases studies of extraordinary criminals, such serial killers, child killers and hostage takers, to develop your understanding of what makes a killer.
- You'll examine the psychological explanations of human behaviour studying issues such as mental health and wellbeing.
- You'll develop a sound knowledge of sociological theories and how they explain the structures and behaviour of our society.
- You'll study the distribution of power in political systems and look at the UK, Scottish and US political structures.
- You'll study events in history, examining the importance of social, economic and political movements such as the American Civil Rights Movement. You'll assess the importance of these 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.

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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