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Social Sciences Diploma of Higher Education

(SCQF level 8)

Social Sciences, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The Diploma of Higher Education in Social Sciences is offered by the City of Glasgow College, in association with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

It is equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree at the University of Strathclyde and therefore allows you to apply for direct entry to the third year of the BA Politics and/or History Degree.

In the first year you'll study History, Politics, Economics and Psychology and in the second year Politics and History only.

If you leave after one year – or don’t meet the requirements for the Diploma after two years – you may be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Four Highers, two at Grade C and two at Grade B, including English or ESOL and two others in social science subjects such as Sociology, Modern Studies, History, Politics, Psychology, Philosophy and Economics AND two National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you’ll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

The subjects you'll study are:

  • Politics.
  • History.
  • Psychology.
  • Economics.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in public and private sectors including:

  • Health service.
  • Community work.
  • Welfare rights.
  • Social research.
  • Teaching.
  • Aid agencies.
  • Social work.
  • Housing.
  • Local, national and European Government.

Continuing Study

Successful students can progress on to:

BA in Politics and/or History in the Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome