SCQF Level 6
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview
Higher Politics will teach you how to identify, explore and analyse political issues in order to develop your own views and perspectives. This course will enhance your knowledge and understanding of how different political ideologies, systems and parties resolve their timeless pursuit of power, authority and legitimacy. This is a challenging course and requires the ability to study independently. 

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects. 

Course Fee £320 per subject. Fees will be confirmed when an application has been processed. 
What You Will Learn
  • Political Theory: You will use a range of sources to evaluate different political ideologies and political concepts and draw on theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding 
  • Political Systems: You will use a range of sources to compare different political systems and gain an understanding of them 
  • Political Parties and Elections: You will analyse a range of electoral data to evaluate factors which contribute to the electoral performance of UK political parties and study the complex factors that contribute to the electoral performance of UK political parties  
Entry Requirements
  • You should have achieved a minimum of two A/B passes at National 5/Intermediate 2 level which should include English and a social subject 
  • You should identify clearly the reason for studying your chosen subject in your course application 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 6.0
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed by an examination and an assignment 
  • The examination paper will require you to demonstrate a breadth of skills knowledge and understanding from across the course 
  • The assignment will require you to extend and apply your skills, knowledge and understanding and will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Variety of HNC/D courses or university with Higher Politics and other relevant qualifications 
Number Of Days Per Week
This is an open learning course and we recommend you spend 6 hours per week on it. 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
44-year-old Jenny Anderson came to Edinburgh College after having spent years raising her three children. She has been given the Award for Academic Excellence in Social Sciences and now graduates with HNC in Social Sciences. Jenny says her education journey isn’t over yet: 

“I think being recognised for an award is uplifting and helps to inspire others. I would say the best thing about studying at Edinburgh College is getting to meet other like-minded people that share a passion for my subject choice. 

My plans for the future are to further my studies, I have a keen interest in children’s mental health and counselling and having achieved this award I am confident I will go on to achieve this. I’m having a few months off with my children and plan to continue my studies in the new year.” 
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