Sociology SCQF Level 6

Learn about key concepts and approaches to the study of sociology.


Why take this course?

What do we mean by Society? Have you ever wondered what makes humans behave in the way they do, and how conflicts between different groups in society can happen? Why some people are wealthy and others are poor? How do we develop a sense of who we are? How your life might be affected in times of great social change? What is meant by “Culture”? How might that influence our identity and behaviour?

If you are interested in answering these questions, then Higher Sociology may be for you!

What you will experience

The course is made up of the following three units:

  • Sociology: Human Society 
  • Sociology: Culture and Identity 
  • Sociology: Social Issues

Higher Sociology introduces pupils to the way in which sociologists study and critically evaluate human societies, how we shape the society we live in and how society shapes our lives.

During the course you will: 

  • Develop a ‘Sociological Imagination’ which will enable you to question the taken-for-granted common sense explanations of the societies in which we live; 
  • Learn how to apply theoretical perspectives to everyday social life; 
  • Develop valuable research skills and skills for learning, life and work;
  • Develop skills in critical evaluation. 

You will be taught in school by a College lecturer, or in one of the College's campuses. Teaching methods involve traditional classroom-based learning as well as presentations, class discussions and group work activities. Regular class debates will also form an integral part of the course, and the use of online philosophical resources will encourage you to explore and research key issues in everyday life.Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing. You will be expected to demonstrate: 

  • Good time keeping skills; 
  • An interest in the course content and a commitment to learning; 
  • An ability to work independently; 
  • An ability to establish/maintain good relationships with others; 
  • Problem solving skills. 

To achieve the full qualification you must successfully complete all units. In addition there will be an assignment (which will require you to plan, carry out and report on your psychological research investigation). There is also an external exam during the SQA Exam Diet.

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Entry requirements

This course is most suited to pupils in S6 who have already achieved a Higher in English, Modern Studies or Geography.  Given the reduced delivery time and the high level of self-study required, pupils with experience of study at Higher level during S5 will be better suited to this course. 

What you need to know

Anything else?

In order to take part in this course, you should:

  • Be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Being able to access online resources outwith the school or College environment will be an important part of your participation in this course.  You will also be expected to spend time self-studying and working on a research project through the year.

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress towards the following full-time course at North East Scotland College:

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


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Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.