BA (Hons) Social Sciences3W6P

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
  • The social sciences offer a fascinating insight into the lives of individuals and our society as a whole. If you have a particular interest in how social change comes about and affects us as individuals, this is the course for you.

    Our interdisciplinary programme is a new course for 2017, offering ample work-based study and a variety of thought-provoking modules. Through this course, you’ll explore psychology, sociology, social policy, politics, economics and human geography. You’ll also delve into contemporary social issues such as globalisation, health and social welfare, families, children and young people, education, and crime and deviance.

    But the chance to put this theory into practice is what makes this social sciences degree so enriching: in your second year, you’ll attend a work placement to put your ideas into action and learn about how social sciences are applied in the workplace. It’s all part of the University’s commitment to boosting your employability as much as possible with transferable skills and a deep understanding of your field.



    In the first year, students on our social science degree concentrate on gaining a broad understanding of the topic, focusing on individual elements and engaging with key concepts, theories and approaches within the social sciences.

    In your second and third year, you’ll enjoy more specific attention on core social science research methods and skills. You’ll complete your dissertation in year three, choosing your own research project in line with your career ambitions. You can also select specialist modules from a range of choices including crime and deviance, education, health and illness, and plenty more.

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All modules are compulsory in years one and two. In year three you can select four modules and you must do a dissertation:

1st Year
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Introduction to social policy
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Our social selves
  • Engaging with learning
  • Understanding research, theory & method
2nd Year
  • Contemporary social and political thought
  • Political economy of health and social care
  • Globalisation; the local and global
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Work-based learning
3rd Year
  • Dissertation
  • Community psychology*
  • Crime and deviance in society*
  • Critical perspectives on families and parenting*
  • Discourse, communication and interaction*
  • Education in society*
  • Identities and sexualities*
  • The body, health and illness*
  • Understanding children and young people*
  • Global education and sustainability*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The Campaign for Social Science (2015) points to the importance of producing well qualified social science graduates for the UK economy.

The BA (Hons) Social Science will provide you with a broad range of knowledge, skills and competences that will equip you to work in a wide variety of occupations, including; Social Care, Social and Public Services, Human Resources, Teaching and many others.



Course Leader

The course is led by four senior lecturers: Dr Colin Dawson, Dr Julie Evans, Andrea Collins and Dr Paul Sutton. The team brings decades of rich experience to the course, with research specialisms including social research methods, leadership, management, children and young people at risk of exclusion, and application of social theory to HE pedagogy.