The Higher Sociology course develops candidates’ sense of themselves as part of society. The sociological approach encourages candidates to ask questions about the social world in which we live, and to use evidence to support explanations for human social behaviour. 

Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of the sociological perspectives, theories and concepts used to investigate and explain aspects of the social world. This sociological understanding enables candidates to question commonly-held assumptions about society and to consider sociological explanations.

The Higher Sociology course consists of three areas of study:

Unit 1: Human Society

Unit 2: Research

Unit 3: Culture and identity

The course consists of 24 SCQF credit points which includes time for preparation for course assessment. The notional length of time for candidates to complete the course is 160 hours.