Social Science
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This NC Social Science course is ideal if you wish to begin study in the social sciences. It provides an introduction to several social science subjects, and considers how society, past and present, impacts the individual and how people can impact their surroundings. A range of topics will be covered, these include conformity and where it comes from, discussions on how the media, family and education influence people and the steps and processes undertaken at a crime scene by various professionals. The course aims to develop an understanding of how different social scientists attempt to explain the world that surrounds us and offer a foundation level of knowledge and understanding in several social science disciplines.

What will I learn?

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.

The course introduces you to the study of people and society and includes National 5 level units in English, and a selection of Social Sciences.

The range of subjects offered include the following:

  • sociology
  • psychology
  • history
  • modern studies
  • criminology.

Please note that course content may vary slightly between campuses.

You will complete at least one full National 5 SQA external exam in a social sciences subject.

Employer and industry links

This course primarily provides access to further study although will enhance employment prospects in a wide range of areas.

Jobs and further study

If you successfully complete this course, you may apply for progression to a variety of SCQF level courses, for example: NC Social Sciences (Level 6), other SCQF Level 6 courses in vocational areas (such as social care, early education and childcare) to the General Education (Highers) programme in Glasgow Clyde College, or find a job in social science.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • A minimum of four National 4 level qualifications, which should include English and three social subjects. These courses must include the ‘added value’ units.

  • If English is not your first language, you must have an ESOL qualification at National 5 or equivalent level

  • A positive academic reference.

  • 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 requirements equivalency table

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:

Application forms will be acknowledged, then screened for current/pending qualifications. Selection for interview will depend on the quality of application form, so please ensure that your form is fully completed and detailed. The form should give information about your qualifications, interests and personal attributes, and if possible, give reasons why you are interested in studying the social sciences.

If selected for interview, you will be asked to attend an interview (this may consist of an information session followed by an individual interview, or individual interview only). This includes a written task.

You must send your qualifications and a reference  to the admissions team.

Interviews will usually begin in April to June.

At the end of the interview process, the recruiting staff will evaluate your written task, interview performance and qualifications. You will be informed of the result of your interview within 10 working days of interview.

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.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6064