Social Science
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

This course is now full.

This Social Science course is ideal if you want to study a range of social science subjects up to and including the equivalent of 2nd year university level, but in an alternative higher education setting.

What will I learn?

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

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

  • sociology
  • psychology
  • history
  • politics
  • philosophy
  • geography 
  • criminology

Please note that the course content will vary slightly between campuses.

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two SQA Higher Grade passes (minimum of one B and one C) or equivalent at one sitting, strong preference for English and Social Sciences
  • NC Social Science level 6 (a minimum of one external 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 CAE
  • All successful applicants must attend an information session / interview and complete a short written task.

Please note that due to the high number of applicants not all candidates who meet the minimum entry will be selected for interview.

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Entry requirement equivalency table

Employer and industry links

We work in partnership with a number of universities and this course provides access to higher education degrees. These degrees enhance employment prospects in a wide range of areas including education, social work and local government.

Jobs and further study

  • Social Sciences and Arts degrees
  • 1st year entry only at University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde
  • 2nd or 3rd year entry at University of the West of Scotland and Stirling University depending on graded unit results and references.
  • 3rd year entry at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • BA Combined Social Science with the Open University

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

Making an application

For courses starting in August, 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.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

Staff will read and check the application form and if you have the relevant qualifications and a good personal statement which explains your interest in Social Sciences, you will be invited to attend a group information session (either in College or more likely via Zoom).

  • At the session, you will be given a presentation giving you more information and detail about the HND course and the College
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions
  • You may be asked to do a short written task


The next stage will be to send in to

Langside Campus–


Anniesland Campus -

  • an academic reference and relevant SQA qualifications, which will be checked by staff

The interview

You may have a one-toone interview wiht a member of the Social Sciences team (who will be happy to answer any questions you may have).

At the end of the selection/interview process, the team will take the following into consideration when making a final decision:

  • Academic grades
  • Application form
  • Written task
  • Reference
  • Interview

Interviews will take usually place between March and June 2021.

You will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email, normally within 10 working days.

You will either receive:

  1. An Unconditional offer - you have met the entry requirements and a place is yours
  2. A conditional offer- your will have a place providing you meet the conditions stated in your offer e.g exam results. As soon as you receive your results in August you must advise the college. Your offer will then be changed to an unconditional offer.
  3. Waiting list – Unfortunately the course is full, but if any spaces become available you will be contacted, usually around the course start date.
  4. Unsuccessful – You have not met the entry requirements and are advised to contact Student Services to discuss alternative options.

Once you have received an offer you must reply and accept this offer within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further details, such as information about student funding and an induction date, this is normally around July.

You must accept the place in order to reserve it. If your offer is conditional, you must provide the evidence (qualifications, references, other details) as soon as these are available to you.

As soon as you accept an unconditional or conditional offer you must apply to SAAS, otherwise you may be required to pay a fee for the course.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3748