Social Sciences SCQF Level 5

An in-depth introduction to social sciences.


Why take this course?

Social Sciences are relevant to a number of occupational sectors. This course explores human behaviour and society through a broad yet detailed introduction to the social sciences.

You will focus on topical trends and developments, and through discussion, debate and research you will enhance your understanding of important social issues.

What you will experience

You will study sociology, psychology, modern studies and citizenship providing you with a well-rounded understanding of these social science disciplines.

Other key components of the course include the SQA National Progression Award in Enterprise and Employability with Personal Development in Self Awareness and Work, and the development of Core Skills in Communication, Numeracy and IT.

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Key facts

Mode of study
1 Year
Subject area

Entry requirements

Applicants should ideally hold qualifications at National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade General level, at a minimum.

At the very least, applicants should have core skills communication or equivalent at SCQF Level 4.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College:

At University

You cannot progress directly to university from this course, but after completion of the HND course that would become an option.


Employment opportunities are widespread in social sciences. Common roles can include: 

  • Charity Officer
  • Civil Service Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Health Service Worker
  • Local Government Worker
  • Probation Worker
  • Social Researcher
  • Volunteer

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.