HND Social Science is a two year course is designed for you 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:
Please note that the course content will vary slightly between campuses.
This course also includes compulsory units - two research units and three graded units.
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.
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 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.
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
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.
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:
- Asked to attend an information session/interview where you will be given a presentation about the course and have an opportunity to ask questions
- You must bring along a copy of your reference and relevant SQA qualifications, which will be checked by a member of staff
- You will be expected to complete a written task
- You may have a one-to-one interview with a member of the Social Sciences team.
At the end of the selection/interview process, the team will take the following into consideration when making a decision:
- Academic grades
- Application form
- Written task
Interviews will take usually place between March and June 2019.
You will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email, normally within 10 working days.
You will either receive:
- An Unconditional offer - you have met the entry requirements and a place is yours
- 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.
- Waiting list – Unfortunately the course is full, but if any spaces become available you will be contacted, usually around the course start date.
- 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.