SCQF Level 6
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview

This innovative course is designed to give you an insight into a broad range of social science subjects. You will study Sociology, Psychology, Politics, History, Communication and Literature. As well as this you will sit Higher exams in Psychology and Sociology. You will gain transferable skills in critical thinking, problem solving and presentations; all of which are essential to progress in education. Successful completion of this Level 6 course (including passing both Highers with a B grade) guarantees you a place on the HNC Social Science and the chance to progress subsequently to university. 

This is an academic course and you need to enjoy reading, writing and researching to succeed. You also need to be interested in all the subjects on the course.

What You Will Learn

In Politics you will study concepts such as the state, the constitution, power and authority and democracy. You will also study political ideology such as liberalism, conservatism and socialism and examine the UK election system.

The Scottish history unit focuses on the daily lives and experiences of those in Scotland from the late Victorian period until World War One. The European Unit will focus on the rise of Fascism and Nazism in Europe in the interwar period. The overall focus will be on social history and issues such as social inequalities, housing, industry, politics and poverty.

One Criminology unit highlights the nature and extent of crime and will look at how the study of crime and criminals has evolved since the 18thC. This unit is rooted in theory and cultural appreciations of crime before going on to critique the use of official statistics in relation to crime reporting .The second unit focuses on the work carried out by those who operate within the prison, courts and police forces of the UK as well as offering psychological explanations as to why people commit crime. Students are also required to carry out an individual investigation into what makes up an ‘extraordinary criminal’

Higher Sociology
The Higher Sociology course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the sociological perspectives, theories and concepts used to investigate and explain aspects of the social world. This sociological understanding will enable you to question commonly-held assumptions about society and to consider sociological explanations.
There are three areas of study:
Human society: you will study sociological approaches to studying society, the research methods used, and the relationships that exist among individuals, groups and institutions, as viewed from different sociological perspectives and theories
Culture and identity: you will apply sociological understanding to explain diversity, identity, age, gender, power and status, prejudice and discrimination, culture and subculture.
Social issues: you will apply sociological understanding to explain social mobility and one other social issue such as gender, education or homelessness.
The question paper has 80 marks for the course assessment.  The assignment has 30 marks for the course assessment.  Both components are marked externally by SQA.  You will be awarded with a Grade A-D.
Higher Psychology
The Higher Psychology course will develop your understanding of psychology as the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. You will analyse and evaluate concepts and theories, and draw on research evidence to explain human behaviour.
There are three areas of study:
Individual behaviour:  you will study the mandatory topic of sleep and dreams and one optional topic which will be depression, memory or stress.
Social behaviour: you will study the mandatory topic of conformity and obedience and one optional topic which will be prejudice, social relationships or aggression.
Research: you will conduct a practical research study which will involve working with participants to collect primary data.
The question paper has 80 marks for the course assessment.  The assignment has 40 marks for the course assessment.  Both components are marked externally by SQA.  You will be awarded with a Grade A-D.

The Literature unit at Level 6 will enable students to analyse, evaluate and critically respond to literary texts in different genres. It will cover the skills of critical thinking , reviewing and detailed evaluation of a range of texts. In addition it will address the development of the written and spoken word in terms of planning , structure, language and presentation.


The Communication unit at Level 6 will enable students to develop skills related to reading and writing, listening and talking.This includes the reading and analysis of complex tasks to show understanding .It will cover the skills of summarising, note taking and detailed evaluation of complex written and spoken texts. In addition  it will address the development of the written and spoken word in terns of planning, structure, language and presentation.

Entry Requirements
  • Minimum three relevant passes at SCQF Level 5 including English at National 5  
  • Or Intermediate 2 (A or B)  
  • Or Standard Grade Credit (1 or 2) 
  • Relevant subjects include History, Modern Studies, RMPS, Sociology and Psychology 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be continually assessed through examinations, essays, reports and presentations. 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be given a conditional or unconditional offer based on your application and you may be invited for interview. 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • HNC Social Science
  • Highers
Career Opportunities
  • Local council
  • Social Services
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
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.” 

Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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