SOCIAL SCIENCE HNC
SCQF Level 7
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview
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Social Science HNC is an innovative course designed to teach you a range of disciplines from the social science field. During this course you will explore different perspectives and theories from Psychology and Sociology and gain an essential understanding of research methods. Alongside this you will study a wide variety of social science subjects including Politics and History. This course will enhance your employability and further education prospects as well as give you transferable skills in critical thinking, problem solving and presentations; all of which are essential to progress to university. 
What You Will Learn
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  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Politics
  • Research Methods
  • History and other social science subjects
Entry Requirements
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  • A typical offer will be two Highers at B Grade in relevant subjects such as English, History, Politics, Modern Studies, RMPS, Psychology or Sociology 
English Proficiency Requirements
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  • IELTS 6
How the course is assessed
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  • You will be continually assessed through essays, examinations, reports and presentations. 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
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  • You may be given a conditional or unconditional offer based on your application but you may be invited for an interview 
Progression And Articulation Routes
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  • You can progress to university to study a wide range of subjects including Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy and Politics 
  • Some universities will allow you to progress to the second year 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
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  • Employment in social services  
  • Local government police 
Number Of Days Per Week
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  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
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Student Stories
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44-year-old Jenny Anderson came to Edinburgh College after having spent years raising her three children. She has been given the Award for Academic Excellence in Social Sciences and now graduates with HNC in Social Sciences. Jenny says her education journey isn’t over yet: 

“I think being recognised for an award is uplifting and helps to inspire others. I would say the best thing about studying at Edinburgh College is getting to meet other like-minded people that share a passion for my subject choice. 

My plans for the future are to further my studies, I have a keen interest in children’s mental health and counselling and having achieved this award I am confident I will go on to achieve this. I’m having a few months off with my children and plan to continue my studies in the new year.” 
Start Date and Time
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Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 31/08/2020
  • Monday 31/08/2020
  • Monday 31/08/2020
  • Monday 31/08/2020
End Date
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Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021
  • Friday 18/06/2021
  • Friday 18/06/2021
  • Friday 18/06/2021
Course Delivery
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Student Stories

​​Edinburgh College is proud of what our students achieve at college and beyond. While they’re with us they develop all the skills, knowledge and experience they need to excel in whatever they go on to do, in employment or further studies. Read our inspirational student stories and learn about their journeys to success​...READ MORE​

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