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Sociology Higher

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Part time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2021

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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

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 

Number of days per week

  • 2 classes per week (four-hours per week) 
  • Tuesday and Thursday morning

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

    Progression and Articulation Routes

    • Progress onto a variety of HNC/D courses or university with Higher Sociology and other relevant qualifications 

    Study Options

    Campus Study mode Start date Duration
    Sighthill Campus Part time 31/08/21 41 Weeks

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