• Application Deadline
  • 14 days
This course will introduce you to the Social Sciences and how they are studied at university level.Covering subjects including Politics, Sociology, Social Policy, and Economics, the course will use the theme of Equality to explore how this topic appears in different disciplines across the area of Social Sciences.


You will have the chance to explore and stimulate your own interests in a range of topics, and to deepen your understanding of contemporary social issues. By reading the thinking across different disciplines, you will develop study skills that are both interdisciplinary and inter-textual.

The course will explore a variety of topics connected to equality: from questions of freedom, inequalities and the re-distribution of wealth to examining how social scientists investigate and answer questions about society. You will consider the approaches of key academic thinkers including J.S. Mill, Adam Smith, Isiah Berlin, and Hannah Arendt.

Using a blend of text, audio, video, and other resources, you will develop a range of skills to support your independent learning in the Social Sciences. Throughout the course, you will also take part in skills sessions which will help improve your approach to academic writing, research, and discussion – all key skills for your time at university.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Course Format

Each class will combine lectures and tutorial discussion led by the course tutor and students. The course will also incorporate academic skills sessions, with skills which are directly relevant to the text(s) and sources under consideration.

Sessions will contribute towards each student’s self-set individual project question, which they will present at the end of the course. Ongoing tasks throughout the two-week course will help students prepare their project and presentation.

Essential and recommended readings will be set in advance of each class.


Students will be assessed on their project (including preparation tasks) and presentation that they will work on throughout the duration of the course.


This course is suitable if you are in your penultimate or final year of high school (aged 16-18) and planning to attend university to study a subject in the Social Sciences. This course is also suitable for students who have not yet decided on their university study but would like a taster experience of studying at university level.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Students must be in final two years of high school (aged 16-18)
  • Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3765 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3765 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3765 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3765 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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