HNC Social Science - Day Release

This 2 year social science course provides you with a range of social science subjects up to and including the equivalent of 1st year university level, but in an alternative higher education setting.

Course content

Through critical thinking about social and cultural issues the course seeks to develop your analytical, evaluative and problem solving and communication skills.

This course provides in-depth study in the main social science subjects including:

  • sociology
  • psychology
  • history
  • criminology.

This course also includes compulsory units – one on research methods unit and one graded units.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • two SQA Higher Grade passes ( minimum of 1 B and 1 C) or equivalent at one sitting, strong preference for English and social sciences
  • NC Social Science level 6 (a minimum of 1 external exam pass at B or above) plus an academic reference
  • if English is not your first language, you must be able to demonstrate English language skills equivalent to IELTS 6, or have ESOL Higher A or B or Cambridge CEA 
  • if you are successful you must attend an interview and complete a short written task. 

Progression routes

  • Social Sciences and arts degrees 
  • 1st year entry only at University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde
  • BA Combined Social Science with the Open University. 

Please note that progression routes may change and it is the your responsibility to check with each individual institution



SCQF level


Start date

28 August 2017


1 Year(s), August to June

For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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