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  • Qualification

    Higher National Certificate - HNC

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 Years

Course summary

What is special about this course?

The Social Sciences HNC will help you to find answers to the bigger questions in our society.

This course 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.

Special features

  • You will gain the skills and knowledge required to seek out objectivity and fact
  • The study of social sciences aims to stimulate your curiosity about the complexity of your world. We will help you develop the tools needed to be critical and analytical thinkers
  • You can study the HNC full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • The course is delivered by a blended approach. This means, depending on where you study, you will have some face-to-face classes and some online learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Achievement of the full 15-credit HNC programme would enable you to progress into the 2nd year of the majority of our Gaelic or Humanities degree programmes, such as BA (Hons) Social Sciences. It may also enable entry onto the 1st year of many non-related degrees

What can I do on completion of my course?

Your HNC Social Sciences qualification will open up a number of career opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The skills you develop will prepare you for jobs that require employees to be creative; critical; complex problem solvers; mature; and objective.

Achievement of the HNC will help you in a range of careers. The Campaign for Social Science employability report suggests that most graduates will pursue careers in the professional services such as:

  • Researchers
  • Teachers
  • Recruitment consultants
  • Legal professionals
  • Town planners
  • Social workers
  • Local/national politics

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 7,440per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : D

preferably including English, History or Modern Studies. Subjects can also include Sociology or Psychology.


University information

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

  • Campus address

    University of the Highlands and Islands, UHI Executive Office, Ness Walk, Inverness, Highland, IV3 5SQ, Scotland

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