Who this course is for

Our 1-year full-time HNC Social Sciences is an Associate Student Scheme in partnership with Queen Margaret University.

If you are unsure about making the leap from school to university, studying at college can be a good way to prepare yourself. One of the benefits for you may be that you get to study for a year in smaller classes than university. As you work through your HNC, the college will prepare you for the more independent learning style and the academic standards required at university.

If you have been out of education for a while, or have been working in industry and now want to gain a relevant qualification, college may also be a more suitable entry route for you. Colleges specialise in helping people returning to education after a break and learning styles are a lot more vocational and practical. The first year of the Associate Student route is designed to reflect these types of learning styles.

As you progress through your HNC course, we will arrange visits to the university campus, workshops on academic skills and guest lectures – this will ensure you are prepared for your transition to 2nd Year at Queen Margaret University.

You will be in a class where there are other Associate Students, so you will be able to make friends with the people who you will study with for four years, before joining a bigger cohort of students at Queen Margaret University in 2nd Year.

What is an Associate Student?

Newbattle Abbey College and Queen Margaret University have developed a new way to achieve a degree. As an Associate Student, you will be fully enrolled as a Queen Margaret University student from day one, but you will study the first year of the HNC Course at Newbattle Abbey College. On successful completion, you will have a guaranteed entry to year 2 at Queen Margaret University. QMU currently offer Associate Student places on the following courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology or Public Sociology

For more information please see the QMU website.

What you will learn (subject to change)
Psychology You will learn about the history and development of psychology, as well as specific topics like memory and attachment.
Sociology You will be introduced to the history and development of sociology and will begin to understand the way sociologists understand the relationship between the individual and society. You will then go on to explore sociological topics, such as crime and deviance, social class and poverty.
History Topics such as the Middle East 1949-Present, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, among others, will be investigated from a historical perspective
Politics You will learn about political theories of the state, and then go on to investigate the UK and Scottish political systems. It will allow you to understand the nature of the UK Constitution and the institutions and decision-making processes in Westminster and Holyrood.
Philosophy This Unit aims to introduce you to the study of philosophy by examining the nature of philosophy itself and then examining one key philosophical debate in detail. Many philosophical debates are relevant to the study of the social sciences generally and connections will be made with other relevant subjects such as politics, psychology and sociology.
Future prospects

Students who successfully complete this course will progress to Year 2 in certain undergraduate programmes at Queen Margaret University. Students may also choose to apply to Year 1 undergraduate courses in other universities.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be expected to have 3 Highers at level C, preferably in English or Social Science subjects, including Modern Studies, Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography and Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies. Students who have successfully completed an SCQF Level 6, including Higher Communication, will also be considered. For mature students, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry, subject to availability. Students can progress to BSc (Hons) Psychology, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology and BSc (Hons) Public Sociology.

All applications are through UCAS (code P5B9). Applications can be made to UCAS until the end of June or until the course closes.

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