Higher Sociology (Course Code: C868 75)

SCQF Level 6 (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

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

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 be expected to have achieved:

What will I study?

The course consists of three areas of study.

Human society

You will:

Culture and identity

You will:

Social issues

You will learn how to:

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment has two components totalling 85 marks (scaled up to 110 marks for the 2022-23 session):

For the assignment component, you will choose a topic to investigate, keeping a record of findings and sources, and write a report based on your findings.

Both the question paper and the assignment are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

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

The course assessment is graded A-D.

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What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?