Applied Social Science BA (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time, 4.5 years part-time


ClearingWhy study Applied Social Science?

Societies are changing rapidly and are increasingly having to respond to the challenges of globalisation, new technologies, demographic shifts and the aftereffects of austerity and recession. Drawing on insights from sociology, social policy, politics, psychology and criminology, our course offers students the opportunity to acquire a solid grounding in and critical understanding of social science, and how policies and political decisions impact on the lives of people and their communities, locally, nationally and internationally. You can expect to be engaged from the outset in lively and up-to-date debates about the big issues facing contemporary societies, exploring themes such as inequalities and exclusion, community cohesion, and the ways in which our everyday lives are shaped by ideas, culture and the media amongst other things.

You will learn how to apply social scientific knowledge to investigate and address real-world social and community concerns. You will also develop highly transferable research and communication skills which are relevant to a wide range of work and volunteering contexts.

In addition to being taught by lecturers with strong expertise in sociology, criminology, psychology and research, you will benefit from regular contributions from guest speakers with policy and practitioner backgrounds from across a range of relevant sectors, including charitable organisations, housing, health, social welfare and criminal and social justice.

What does the course cover?

This broad-based degree will deepen your knowledge of how societies operate and how people within them interact with one another. The first year equips you with a foundation of social science ideas and perspectives and encourages you to relate these to discussion of a wide range of contemporary social problems and community controversies.

As you progress through the programme, you will examine different areas of social policy and practice, including crime, social welfare and community development, and will have the opportunity to follow specific pathways: for example, public and political participation, identity and community studies. The course will promote critical thinking and extend your ability to link theory and research to policy and practice. You will learn about professional research skills and techniques and how to apply them competently and ethically to the evaluation and analysis of current social issues.

The programme allows you to take optional modules in areas that best reflect your emerging career aims and ambitions. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements and, in your final year, you will be able to pursue an independent, in-depth inquiry into a social science topic of special interest to you.

What makes this course noteworthy?
  • You will be taught by an experienced and supportive course team with active research interests in the applied social sciences
  • You will have opportunities to volunteer or undertake project work with local community organisations
  • You will enhance your employment prospects by undertaking a work placement as one of your modules
  • You will benefit from regular visiting speakers with policy and practice backgrounds
What careers can I consider?

The skills and knowledge developed on an Applied Social Science degree provide an excellent preparation for a wide range of occupations, including jobs in social and community services, local authorities, human resources, education, criminal justice, charities and the voluntary sector. Possible roles would include community development worker, police officer, offender manager, researcher, fund-raiser, housing officer, advice worker. Graduates can also progress on to a wide range of postgraduate degree programmes.

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Entry requirements

September 2017 Entry Requirements

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September 2018 Entry Requirements

You must achieve either at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma), or a total of 88 points from a maximum of 3 A levels.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9 M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language or a recognised equivalent, are also required.


Fees per academic year: 2017/18 
Full-time Home/EU students:  £9,250 * 
Part-time Home/EU students: £4,950 * 

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Each year you will study a total of 120 credits gained from the compulsory modules and some of the optional modules. All modules are listed below, you will not complete all these modules. Most modules are 20 credits and dissertations are 40 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year.

Year 1 modules


Year 2 modules


Year 3 modules


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Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.

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