Social Sciences

UHI Inverness


Inverness Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


This course will help you to find answers to the bigger questions in our society.

It is designed to help you see the world differently. We are all exposed to so much information in our daily lives that it can be difficult to assess what is real and what is ‘fake’: HNC Social Sciences is the perfect course for students who want to develop the skills to search for the truth.

The course is designed to help you investigate and examine the areas of our lives that we can and cannot control: much of our social existence is influenced by forces that we do not know or understand, so this course helps you explore those factors.

You will be supported to develop your critical thinking and your complex problem solving abilities by looking for creative solutions to social, political and psychological problems. You will learn how topics cross over between all of your subjects, for example, the concept of power – you will explore this from a socio-political perspective but also an historical, a criminological and a psychological perspective; similarly, the concept of conformity and how this weaves into our everyday social, political and psychological behaviours.

Entry Requirements

1 Higher, preferably English, History or Modern Studies. You will be asked to attend for interview.

For some optional modules you will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Achievement of the full 15-credit HNC programme would enable you to progress into the 2nd year of the majority of our Humanities or Gaelic degree programmes such as BA (Hons) Social Sciences, or to one of our single or joint honours degrees in history; Scottish history; politics; and sociology and criminology. Achievement of the narrower 12-credit programme would be accepted as entry onto the 1st year of the majority of our Humanities and Gaelic degree programmes

Start Date




Study Method

Full time



Course Length

1 year


Humanities and Social Sciences

SCQF Level


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