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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This NC Social Science course aims to offer you knowledge and understanding in several social science disciplines at SCQF Level 6, and is designed to prepare you for HNC level courses in the social sciences or other social subjects.

A range of topics will be covered, including gender, class and ethnic inequalities in education. Approaches and methods adopted by different psychologists will be discussed alongside the genetic and environmental aspects of behaviour.

Studying this course will enable you to develop an understanding of how different social scientists attempt to explain the world that surrounds us.

What will I learn?

This NC Social Science course includes National 6 level units in a selection of social sciences. The range of subjects offered include the following:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Politics*
  • History
  • Modern Studies*
  • Communication
  • Criminology*
  • Geography*

* please note that course content may vary slightly between campuses.

You will complete one SQA Higher (external exam and coursework) in a social sciences subject.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • A minimum of four National 5 level qualifications, or equivalent, at A or B in English and Social subjects. Examples of social subjects include psychology, sociology, modern studies, geography, history, RMPS; OR
  • Passes in NC Social Sciences Level 5. As part of the NC Level 5 qualification, you must have studied and passed a National 5 SQA exam in a social science subject with a minimum of a B pass
  • You must be at least 16 years of age prior to the start date.
  • If English is not your first language, you must be able to demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an ESOL qualification at Higher level

Entry requirements equivalency table

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

Jobs and further study

If you successfully complete this course, you may apply for progression to HNC Social Sciences, or other courses in areas such as social care, early education and childcare.

Alternatively you may wish to continue your studies on the Highers programme at Glasgow Clyde College.

Take a look at the course progression map for social science courses.

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?

When you apply 

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an nformation session - Selection for an information session will depend on the quality of the 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.  
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to an information session, you will be informed of the outcome of this by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course. College staff will check your qualifications. 
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  4. Reserve list – following your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. This will normally be sent out in June/July.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3748