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Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Social Science Part 1 Level 5

Campus Granton Campus
Milton Road Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Aug 2021

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Course overview

This 18-week Level 5 course runs from August to January. You will study Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Communication and History. In December you will sit a college exam in Psychology and Sociology. If you pass both of these and all other units on the course, you can progress to a second 18-week course starting in January. On the second course you will have the opportunity to sit National 5 exams in Sociology and Psychology as well as studying Politics and Anthropology.

This is an academic course and you need to enjoy reading, writing and researching to succeed.

What you will learn

History

History will focus on the daily lives and experiences of the people between 1850 and 1920, in particular housing, work, politics, poverty and social inequalities. Studying History will enable you to gain a fuller understanding and appreciation of the present and it will help you to develop a critical state of mind.

Criminology

The unit concentrates on the significance of the crime scene and there will be a focus on physical and psychological evidence. Crime profiling will be considered. Studying criminology will develop your interest in crime and criminals further by exposing you to relevant theory, evidence and investigation, all of which will help to develop you into an inquisitive social science student.

Psychology

The Psychology course has three areas of study:
Research: Students plan psychological research on a chosen topic after studying the research process, research methods and ethics in psychology.
Individual Behaviour: Students study the topic of sleep and dreams and either personality or phobias.
Social Behaviour: Students study the topic of conformity and either altruism or non-verbal communication.

Communication

The Communication unit will enable students to build on skills related to reading, writing, listening and talking. This includes the reading and analysis of texts to show understanding. It will cover the skills of summarising, note-taking and evaluation of written and spoken texts. In addition, it will address the development of the written and spoken word in terms of structure, language and presentation.

Sociology

The Sociology course has three areas of study:
Human society: Students investigate different sociological perspectives and the research methods used in sociology.
Culture and identity: Students develop an awareness of diversity and the impact of family, school, religion, peers, mass media and work on human behaviour.
Social issues: Students develop an understanding of contemporary social issues such as differentiation in education and social inequalities in relation to class, gender and ethnicity.

How the course is assessed
  • You will be continually assessed through examinations, essays, reports and presentations. 
  • In December, students will sit college exams in Psychology and Sociology. You will need to pass both of these and all the units to progress to Level 5 Social Science Part 2.

Number of days per week

  • 3 or 4 days per week

Entry requirements

  • National 4 English
  • Three National 4s in relevant subjects (History, Modern Studies, Geography, RMPS, Health Studies, Business studies, maths, Biology)
  • A strong personal statement provided in support of your application
  • Pass at Preparation for study in Social Science

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You may be offered a conditional or unconditional offer based on your application but you may be invited for an interview.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • NC Level 6 Social Science Highers taught at Edinburgh College 
  • Other appropriate SCQF Level 6 courses taught at Edinburgh College

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Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 30/08/21 20 Weeks
Milton Road Campus Full time 30/08/21 20 Weeks

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