Social Sciences Level 6 NC

What is special about this course?

This course will provide students with a deeper understanding of many different social science subjects.   Students will have the opportunity to examine how their society works and to compare this with the realities of other cultures. Students will look at theoretical perspectives as well as applying real world examples to Sociology, Psychology and Criminology.

The course may also be attractive if you are a mature student wishing to change career direction or return to full-time study.  Completion of this course qualifies you for entry to HNC Social Sciences the following year.

The Volunteering Skills Award provides an important insight into the voluntary sector, as well as a short work placement with a voluntary organisation.

There are opportunities to study any of the component units or courses on a part-time basis.

Entry requirements

4 Standard Grades or National 5s - 2 Credit/A-B (one of which must be in a subject related to those listed in the course content) and 2 General/A-D (one of which must be English). 

Alternatively, satisfactory attainment of a related SCQF Level 5 course or equivalent would be acceptable. 

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have appropriate understanding and skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

The course will introduce the following areas:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Politics
  • Criminology

You may also study units from the following subjects:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Personal Development

This course is an ideal preparation for HNC Social Sciences. If you don't have time to take the whole NC course you may consider studying a range of the units to complement your existing skills.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

The course will be delivered in one of our centres, and there will be extensive use of online resources to enhance delivery of the course.  Most units will be taught using video conferencing facilities, to allow students from any Argyll College centre to join the course.  This allows you to benefit from the experiences and knowledge of specialist lecturers wherever they are located, and creates a larger and more diverse student group for vibrant class discussions.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Arran Learning Centre
    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre
    • Islay Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre
    • Rothesay Learning Centre

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What can I do on completion of my course?

If you have completed one or more component units as a part-time student, you could go on to complete the whole NC award.  This could be done as a full-time or part-time student.

Successful achievement of NC Social Sciences at level 6 is the perfect entry qualification for HNC Social Sciences, which can in turn lead to completion of BA Social Sciences.

However, those wishing to go directly into employment may pursue roles in the private and public sector as well as the third sector, such as social services, social care, youth, community, or police and voluntary organisations.

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