This course will help you to improve on your existing qualifications.
During the course you will be encouraged to think ahead to what you want to do in the future. You will study a range of subjects. Some of these will be similar to what you’ve studied before and some will be new to you. A large part of your coursework will focus on helping you to identify links between different subjects. Using this approach, you will be able to examine topics in more depth whilst also cutting own the number of assessments that you need to do. You will be assessed throughout the course and there are no external exams. We will help you to develop essay and report writing skills, and using these skills you will be able to create a portfolios of your work for assessment purposes. Learning will take place in a range of ways: classroom activities; online learning; research and projects.

  •  Knowledge of your own skills and areas for development

• Research skills
• Independent learning skills
• Knowledge of society, health, social problems
• Knowledge of how society tries to solve health and social problems
• Critical thinking skills
• Career and further study planning


  • The course is full time, with a minimum of 7 lecturer-led classes a week.
  • It is a one year course, with expected progression to specialised study for a further year in Social Science areas such as Psychology and Sociology.

You will study social science units, care units and core and essential skills.  Many of the subjects will be new to you and this allows you to try new subjects. The content includes:


  • Scottish Studies
  • Maths
  • Criminology
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Communication and Literature
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Sociology in a care context
  • Human Development (Psychology in care context)
  • Personal Development
  • Study Skills


  • Four relevant national 4 qualifications (English, Maths, Modern Studies, Geography, History, RMPS, People and Society, Biology, other subjects requiring literary skills).


This course will prepare you to study the following courses:

  • National Certificate Social Science SCQF Level 6 
  • Health and Social Care
  • Childcare course

You could end up working in:

  • Charity Sector, Social Care, Social Sciences, Education, Healthcare.
  • Criminal justice
  • Probation services
  • Community work
  • Social work
  • Social care
  • Law
  • Local government
  • Health professional
  • Advice or counselling
  • Workbooks will be completed by each applicant, followed by individual interviews.