Social Sciences HNC @ SCQF Level 7

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This is a pilot programme** for the new Next Gen HNC Social Sciences at SCQF7.  If you are intending to progress to university afterwards then please check with the university that they will accept this as part of your entry criteria.


It is an exciting new programme where you will learn about a range of social science disciplines.  If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy lots of reading and research, then this may be the course for you.  You will need to be objective, analytical and a problem solver, seeking answers to questions on why we behave the way we do.  You will have the opportunity to study themes/topics and see how they interlink over all of your subjects.  For example, you may study poverty – and look at this from a historical, political, criminology and social perspective.


There may be an opportunity to complete voluntary work which you will be asked to link to your studies.


It is extremely challenging to do a 15 credit HNC which is highly academic, and you will need the determination and skill to complete a lot of independent learning, the majority of which will be online.  We find that if it’s the right time in your life and if you have a good support network of family and friends then you are far more likely to succeed.

**The pilot programme is expected to be ready at SQA in time for August ‘22 delivery.    If it is not ready, we may run with the current HNC Social Sciences.

Course code





100% engagement and attendance is required – you must submit assessments on time

Entry Requirements

  • Three B passes from a relevant SWAP programme (Humanities, Social Sciences, Nursing) or
  • 2 relevant Highers at B pass or above, one of which must be English. Relevant Highers include Sociology, Psychology, History, RMPS, Philosophy, Modern Studies, Geography, Maths etc. or
  • One relevant Higher at B or above and a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Health
  • A National 5 Maths or National 5 level numeracy units
  • Progressing learners from this area must meet the entry criteria and have a positive learner reference from their previous tutor and must have had excellent attendance and engagement.

    *If your placement is with a vulnerable group then you must be eligible to join the PVG scheme, for which you are expected to pay £59.  Evidence of Covid Vaccination will also be required (Covid Vaccination Pass)

Information and Interview Session Requirements

  • Applicants must respond to the interview session invitation – their appointment may be offered to someone else if they do not. This interview may be held via Teams or phone.
  • Applicants must bring evidence of their qualifications with them to the interview session to prove they meet the entry criteria
  • All applicants must come to the session prepared to discuss the following topic: We do not change our family and friends based on their political viewpoint, but our family and friends may change our political views.’   You may bring notes for your discussion.
You should also be prepared to discuss your career plans and why this course is the most suitable for you, and why at this time in your life is it the right time for you to study.

Course Content

Psychology, Sociology, Politics, History, Culture, Behaviour.  You are likely to study these in an integrated way using themes such as poverty, industry, etc.


Portfolio of evidence, research, critical reflection, analysis, essays and reports all of which are likely to be open book.


You may want to go on to work, or you may wish to study further in university around a wide range of social science subjects.

Career Prospects

Counselling, researcher, journalism, politics, police, psychology, charitable organisation work, local government.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points

A course that will challenge your thinking, improve your independent learning skills and could lead to further study and a wide choice of careers.

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