Social Sciences NQ Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course is ideal for those who have a clear career path via HN or Degree level study but have left school with few qualifications.  It would also suit those students who prefer a gradual trajectory to degree studies.  Successful completion of this course will see you progress to the NQ Level 6 and beyond.  This course will populate your academic record with a robust qualification, indeed, if you pass all the units you will be awarded an NC Level 5.


Entry requirements

You should have three qualifications at SCQF Level 4. Your application and interview will form part of the selection process.

If you fall short of these qualifications please do apply anyway. We will interview you, or recommended for our ‘Next Steps’ course - which will offer a clear path to the NQ Social Science Level 5.

You will complete 18 credits based on the SQA Social Science units at Level 5.  These units will prepare you for studying at a Higher level and provide you with many functional skills that you can transfer to a range of careers.  You will work a crime scene in Criminology, examine the American Civil Rights movement, understand how minorities can influence your thoughts in Psychology, and work together to raise money for a good cause.  The college will also improve your core skills such as IT, Communications and Numeracy, which will prepare you for the next levels.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

The course is full time and will be blended learning, with mostly face to face classes as well as online activities and some individual study.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Perth

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

We recommend that use this course as a platform to further study at Level 6, we would love you to stick with Social Science, but it could be used as a qualification to change direction.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.