Applied Social Science BA (Hons)

Honours Degree , Part-time

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Key Details

  • 4.5 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff
  • Part Time
Social Science


Societies are changing rapidly and are increasingly having to respond to the challenges of globalisation, new technologies, demographic shifts and the after effects of austerity and recession.

Drawing on insights from sociology, social policy, politics, psychology and criminology this course offers you 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 communities, locally, nationally and internationally.

Why study this course?

  • This is a multi-disciplinary programme exploring aspects from a range of perspectives (sociological, criminological, psychological) rather than just from a single programme.
  • You will learn how to apply social scientific knowledge to investigate and address real-world social and community concerns.
  • You will 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 be taught by an experienced and supportive course team with active research interests in the applied social sciences.
  • You will also develop highly transferable research and communication skills which are relevant to a wide range of work and volunteering contexts.
  • You will have opportunities to volunteer or undertake project work with local community organisations

What does this course cover?

This broad-based degree will deepen your knowledge of how societies operate and how people within them interact with one another. 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.

During your first year of study, the programme 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.

In the second year, you will examine different areas of social policy and practice, including crime, social welfare and community development. Through various option modules you will have the opportunity to follow specific pathways: for example, public and political participation, identity and community studies. You will also undertake a work placement.

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, alongside further option modules to tailor the programme around your own career pathway.

How will I be assessed?

The programme uses a variety of assessment methods including elements real world tasks which will be useful for graduate level employment (e.g. action plans, blogs, creating digital artefacts).

What careers could 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.

Entry Requirements

September 2019 Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

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.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language, are also required.

Please note, applicants may be called for an interview.

For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers Applied Social Science (with Foundation Year) which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year

Contact details

Contact for admissions enquiries:

Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386)

Contact for course specific enquiries:

Claire Monk (Course Coordinator – Applied Social Science)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2466)


Course Fees

Fees per academic year: 2018/19

Part-time Home/EU students: £5,130 *

* Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional costs

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses



As a part-time undergraduate student, you choose how many modules to study each year (up to a maximum of 6). To qualify for a student tuition fee loan you will need to choose at least 4 modules. A normal 3 year degree will take 4.5 years to complete if you take 6 modules per year and 6 years to complete if you take 4 modules per year. You will be taught alongside full-time undergraduate students and you can view the modules here.

Optional Modules: find out how the University deals with changes that may occur in some eventualities

Timetables: find out when information is available to students