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BA (Hons) Applied Social Science
BA (Hons) Applied Social Science

BA (Hons) Applied Social Science

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, BBB

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 21 credits at Distinction and 24 credits at Merit or higher

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDM

  • Cambridge Pre-U, M2, M2, M2

  • European Baccalaureate, 75% overall

  • International Baccalaureate, 31 points overall

  • International foundation programme, Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components

Course Information

Combine a broad and balanced foundation in the social sciences with an exploration of a range of social problems such as poverty, unemployment, crime, child abuse, pollution and environmental damage.

With the breadth of knowledge and transferable skills you'll gain on this course, you'll be well placed to pursue a career in a number of fields, especially in the public and voluntary sectors as a policy advisor, policy analyst, researcher, campaigner, journalist or civil servant.

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Year 1

In your first year you'll study core modules that will give you a broad introduction to a range of core social science subjects.

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Introducing Social Policy 

  • Contemporary Issues in Social and Political Sciences

  • Politics and Economics for Social Policy 

  • Exploring Social Policy and Social Justice 

Year 2

In your second year you will study one core module and choose from a range of option modules.

Core module

  • Social Research Methods 

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Social Inequalities 

  • The Policy Process 

  • Debates in Criminal Justice 

  • Victimisation and Social Harm 

  • Communities, Advocacy and Social Change 

Year 3

In your third year you have a choice of option modules and the option to take a work placement. You'll also complete a dissertation: an extended essay based on your own research.

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include: 

  • Drugs: Prevalence, Policy and Practice 

  • Education Policy: Divisions & Inequalities 

  • Environmental Justice, Harm, and Policy 

  • Gender, Violence and Justice 

  • Health Policy and Delivery

  • Love, Intimacy and Family Policy 

  • Migration, Immigration and Social Policy 

  • Policing and the Police 

  • Prisons and Penal Policy 

  • Social Policy, Crime and Criminal Justice

  • Vulnerability, Deviance and Social Control

  • Welfare Imaginaries - Past, Present and Future 

  • Welfare States in Crisis 

  • Work, Social Policy and Society 


  • Placement  

In the summer holiday before the third year starts you can undertake a work-shadowing placement that lasts around 80 hours. This will allow you to learn from professionals in a field you're interested in. Watching professionals at work is a completely different learning experience which can help you develop ideas for your dissertation and your future career.


  • Dissertation 

The third year dissertation is a great opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding in independent supervised research on a topic of your interest. Previous dissertation titles include:

  • The dilemma of advocacy in mental health

  • Has racism been institutionalised within the structures of English football?

  • Domestic violence and why abused partners stay with their abuser

  • Globalisation, unemployment and social security – what China can learn from the UK

  • Family break-up, lone parenthood and educational attainment

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Working with a local authority

  • Working with a national charity

  • Police officer

  • Trainee TV producer

  • Political marketing and campaigning consultant

  • Hotel management

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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