Higher (SCQF Level 6)


1 year


  • Highers, National Qualifications & Units
  • Social Sciences


  • Online

Why take this course?

What do we mean by Society? Have you ever wondered what makes humans behave in the way they do, and how conflicts between different groups in society can happen? Why some people are wealthy and others are poor? How do we develop a sense of who we are? How your life might be affected in times of great social change? What is meant by “Culture”? How might that influence our identity and behaviour?

If you are interested in answering these questions, then Higher Sociology may be for you!

What you will experience

This course is delivered online and is made up of the following three units:

  • Sociology: Human Society
  • Sociology: Culture and Identity
  • Sociology: Social Issues

Higher Sociology introduces pupils to the way in which sociologists study and critically evaluate human societies, how we shape the society we live in and how society shapes our lives.

During the course you will:

  • Develop a ‘Sociological Imagination’ which will enable you to question the taken-for-granted common sense explanations of the societies in which we live;
  • Learn how to apply theoretical perspectives to everyday social life;
  • Develop valuable research skills and skills for learning, life and work;
  • Develop skills in critical evaluation.

You will be taught in school by a College lecturer, or in one of the College’s campuses. Teaching methods involve traditional classroom-based learning as well as presentations, class discussions and group work activities. Regular class debates will also form an integral part of the course, and the use of online philosophical resources will encourage you to explore and research key issues in everyday life.Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing. You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Good time keeping skills;
  • An interest in the course content and a commitment to learning;
  • An ability to work independently;
  • An ability to establish/maintain good relationships with others;
  • Problem solving skills.

To achieve the full qualification you must successfully complete all units. In addition there will be an assignment (which will require you to plan, carry out and report on your psychological research investigation). There is also an external exam during the SQA Exam Diet.