NC Social Science Level 5 SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

In this level 5 course you will study a broad range of social science subjects including Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Social Anthropology and History as well as being supported to develop your personal awareness and employability skills in relation to social sciences.

You will develop your investigation and research skills whilst studying topics such as the role of the brain in behaviour, the structure of the mind, philosophical concepts, the causes and impacts of crime and crime scene protocols, attitudes to place and people’s sense of culture and belonging, key historical events in Britain and more.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in exploring an introduction to Social Sciences and for those who would like to progress to our Level 6 Full Time NC Social Sciences in September.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.



  • How to carry out research in psychology
  • How the brain influences behaviour
  • Structure of the mind
  • Psychological theories including Psychoanalysis (Freud, Horney), Behaviourism (Watson, Skinner), Positive Psychology (Seligman)


  • Concepts of culture, sub-culture, identity and diversity and process of socialisation
  • The relationships between socialisation, identity and diversity.

Social Anthropology

  • Examine your place in the world in the context of relationships and special occasions.
  • Explore how people’s attitudes to places contribute to their sense of belonging.


  • Police crime categorisation
  • Crime reporting and media
  • Crime prevention
  • Crime scene protocol
  • Physical and psychological evidence available from a crime scene


  • Evaluate and analyse key British historical events and their impact


  • Philosophical definitions of knowledge
  • Problem identified by scepticism
  • Explore rationalism and empiricism

You will also have sessions which will support the development of your personal awareness, communication skills, team working and transferable meta-skills which will prepare you to progress to higher levels of study.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

Classroom sessions will include a variety of activities including individual work, group activities, whole class discussions and tutorials with your lecturer. The course is networked and will therefore utilise videoconferencing facilities.

How long will my course last?

17 Weeks



Where can I study my course?

Start date



Social Services, Families and Young People. Wednesdays 9.00-4.00pm consists of 3 SQA units and costs £258.

Care of Children Thursdays 9.00-1.00pm consists of 2 SQA units and costs £172

If you are on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits may receive a fee waiver. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible. You can download a FEE WAIVER FORM here.  If you would like help or advice on fee waiver, please contact your nearest learning centre.

If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, you may be able to apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA) to cover up to £200 the cost of this course.

This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU).

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course, and particularly the associated study skills you gain, would prepare you well for entry to the level 6 NC Social Sciences course. 

Studying Social Sciences prepares you for a career in a wide variety of areas including:

  • The criminal justice system (including Police Scotland)
  • Social work
  • Education
  • Civil and diplomatic services, government and politics
  • Media
  • Public Services
  • Campaigning and research

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