Social Sciences HNC @ SCQF Level 7


This a Next Gen HNC Social Sciences at SCQF7.  Much of the content may be delivered as live online sessions. 

It is an exciting programme where you will learn about a range of social science disciplines.  If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy lots of reading and research, then this may be the course for you.  You will need to be objective, analytical and a problem solver, seeking answers to questions on why we behave the way we do.  You will have the opportunity to study themes/topics and see how they interlink over all of your subjects.  For example, you may study poverty – and look at this from a historical, political, criminology and social perspective. You must be prepared to participate in debate and discussion as this will be an essential part of your learning. 


There may be an opportunity to complete voluntary work which you will be asked to link to your studies. 


It is extremely challenging to do a 15 credit HNC which is highly academic, and you will need the determination and skill to complete a lot of independent learning, the majority of which will be online.  We find that if it’s the right time in your life and if you have a good support network of family and friends then you are far more likely to succeed.

Course code





100% engagement and attendance is required – you must submit assessments on time

Entry Requirements

  • Three B passes from a relevant SWAP programme (Humanities, Social Sciences, Nursing) or 
  • 2 relevant Highers at B pass or above, one of which must be English. Relevant Highers include Sociology, Psychology, History, RMPS, Philosophy, Modern Studies, Geography, Maths etc. or 
  • One relevant Higher at B or above and a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Health 
  • A National 5 Maths or National 5 level numeracy units 
  • Progressing learners from this area must meet the entry criteria and have a positive learner reference from their previous tutor and must have had excellent attendance and engagement. 
  • Please make sure to answer the Supporting Information Questions on the application form, with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course. 
  • Make sure your application is accurate and detailed as it helps us to decide if we will invite you for interview, it is very competitive entry, and we normally have more applicants than places available 

Information and Interview Session Requirements

For this course we will not be routinely offering interviews. Please ensure you complete your application and supporting information with as much information as possible to allow us to make a decision on your suitability for a place on the course. 

We may contact you by phone if we have further questions.

Course Content

Psychology, Sociology, Politics, History, Culture, Behaviour.  You are likely to study these in an integrated way using themes such as poverty, industry, etc.


Portfolio of evidence, research, critical reflection, analysis, essays and reports all of which are likely to be open book.


You may want to go on to work, or you may wish to study further in university around a wide range of social science subjects.

Career Prospects

Counselling, researcher, journalism, politics, police, psychology, charitable organisation work, local government.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points

A course that will challenge your thinking, improve your independent learning skills and could lead to further study and a wide choice of careers.