Sociology Higher

What is special about this course?

The purpose of this Course is to provide an in-depth study of the distinct features of the sociological approach to understanding and explaining human social behaviour. It is intended to establish the major theoretical principles upon which sociology rests and to develop a knowledge and understanding of the way in which evidence is produced when sociological research is being carried out.

The aim of the Higher Sociology course is to develop a knowledge and understanding of sociological concepts, theories and methods and their distinctive approach to the analysis and explanation of substantive areas of society, such as social class, education, the family, crime and deviance, welfare and poverty and the mass media. It will promote the ability to analyse and evaluate sociological arguments, evidence and research methods in a critical way.

Entry requirements

You should have a good level of English at Standard Grade or Nationals.

The course consists of three units:

1.     Studying Human Society: The Sociological Approach

2.     Understanding Human Society 1

3.     Understanding Human Society 2

Assessment & Qualification

There is a 2 hours 40 minutes externally assessed examination.

There are also National Assessment Bank [NAB] tests at the end of each unit. These are internally assessed, but students must gain at least 50% of the marks for each unit in order to sit the final higher examination.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

How long will my course last?


1 Academic Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

September

Fees

£270

Funding

You may be eligible for an Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland to help pay for this course.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the cost of learning or training.

You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers. To find out more or to apply, visit myworldofwork.co.uk

What can I do on completion of my course?

After this course, there are a number of other further and higher education courses you can study. Ask us for more information.

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