SCQF Level 6
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview

Sociology Higher is designed to develop your understanding of yourself as part of society. This course will use sociological approaches and encourage you to ask questions about the social world in which we live.  

During this course, you will explore human social behaviour and discover evidence to explain it. You will gain a sociological perspective as well as study theories and concepts used to investigate and explain aspects of the social world. You will investigate human society, culture and social issues. You will develop a sociological understanding and question commonly held assumptions about society and consider explanations. This course is academically challenging 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 Fees: £326 per subject. Fees will be confirmed when an application has been processed. 

What You Will Learn
  • Human Society: Develop your understanding of the sociological approach to studying human societies using analytical skills and social research methods. Look at the relationships that exist amongst individual groups and institutions as viewed from different sociological perspectives and theories
  • Culture and Identity: Use sociological concept theories and research to investigate culture and identity in a changing social world. You will consider your own and others’ cultural experiences to develop an understanding of cultural identity and diversity
  • Social Issues: Develop your sociological understanding of contemporary social issues by acquiring skills in evaluating and applying sociological theories and research evidence. You will use a range of sources including research evidence to justify a variety of points of view
Entry Requirements
  • Achieved a minimum of two A/B passes at National 5/Intermediate 2 level 
  • It is recommended that this includes English and a social subject (e.g. History) but we will also accept other related courses 
  • You should clearly identify 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 sample your sociological knowledge and understanding from the units and your ability to apply knowledge and understanding to explain social behaviour 
    • The assignment will require you to use sociological skills, knowledge and understanding to carry out and report on your own secondary research into a topic of choice 
    Progression And Articulation Routes
    • Progress onto a variety of HNC/D courses or university with Higher Sociology and other relevant qualifications 
    Number Of Days Per Week
    • 2 classes per week (four-hours per week) 
    • Tuesday and Thursday morning
    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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    Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

    Higher and National 5 Timetable
    Applying for Higher and National 5s

    Online applications for Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses can be made via enrolment events. All applicants who meet the entry requirements following exam results will be guaranteed a place. 

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