• Social Science

    Introduction to Social Science

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

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If you want to explore what’s happening around you in your home, in your street, in society and in the world, then this is the course for you.

Have you always wanted to find the answers to the bigger, burning issues in society? Do you want to find out what makes people tick and what makes the world go round? Then you’re a natural social scientist! This course will help to you analyse and evaluate not just the answers, but the questions too. Hot topics you’ll look at include why people commit crimes, can we ever be truly equal, does the media indulge or challenge stereotypes, plus loads more. You’ll find it contemporary, fascinating and full of lively debate and discussion!

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

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.  Contact Elaine Zenati on 0300 303 0303 ext 7466.

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 is just some of what you'll be doing:

  • You'll explore the nature of crime through famous cases such as the Texas Tower Sniper and the Square Mile of Murder in Glasgow, 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. You'll look at sociological theories and 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 the political system 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 also 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 have the chance to achieve a Personal Development Award, building your confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance and interpersonal skills by contributing to a social project

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto a Level 6 course such as NC Higher 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.
  • 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 talk about their experiences of studying Social Sciences at Ayrshire College, and how it’s set them 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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