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Social Sciences (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Social Sciences, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course provides you with sound education and training in key areas of social science theory, research and investigation.

The course is delivered by highly qualified lecturers who have a wealth of experience in the industry. Key course objectives are to develop knowledge in the social sciences; to develop analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills; to develop communication skills, and to develop personal effectiveness and critical thinking about social and cultural issues.

Career prospects and employment opportunities are excellent with many of our students progressing to 3rd year at university (please see the "After the Course" section, below, to find out more).

After successful completion of the course, you'll be awarded an HND 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

  • HNC Social Sciences with 15 credits at SCQF level 7; OR
  • First year of HND Social Sciences with 15 credits at SCQF level 7.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject.
  • You may be required to take a short written exercise.
  • You should ensure that your personal statement is written to a very high standard.

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

  • Advanced work in the same subject areas as the HNC.
  • Criminology may be offered as an additional option.

After the course


Employment in relevant industries.

Continuing Study

After completing your HND you may progress to:

  • Second, or third year BA (Hons) Social Policy at the University of the West of Scotland.
  • Social Science at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Social Science at the UWS.

Some students have gone on to study at Glasgow, Stirling, and other institutions of higher learning.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome