National 5 Sociology (Course Code: C868 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of the development, structure and functioning of human society. This course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of sociological concepts, theories and methods and the ways in which they are used to analyse and explain areas of society. You will get the opportunity to develop the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate sociological arguments, evidence and research methods in a critical way.

Sociology makes a useful contribution to your general education and personal development, as well as providing a basis for further study at a more advanced level. The skills you learn on this course are useful in career areas such as social work, advisory services, teaching or social research.

Career Pathways

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Arts, Social Sciences and Languages

Housing, Property and Facilities


Social, Caring and Advisory Services

Uniformed and Security Services

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:

What will I study?

Sociology is a research based subject that develops your investigative and analytical skills. You will learn about research methods and the use of evidence in sociology. You will explore aspects of social, cultural, political and economic life. You will also find out how sociological perspectives, theories and concepts are used to investigate and explain aspects of the social world.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Human Society

You will:

Culture and Identity

You will:

Social Issues

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has two components totalling 80 marks (scaled up to 100 marks for the 2022-23 session):

For the assignment component, you will produce a report based on an investigation into a sociological topic. This will be set and marked externally by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The question paper will be set and externally marked by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

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What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

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