BA (Hons) Social Science

This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the Campus is closed TEC Partnership will continue to deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support.

If you love people watching and trying to understand human behaviour, how people tick, and how society works. A social science degree could be for you.

This course offers students the opportunity to develop a critical appreciation of the social sciences. The course is about you, your relationships, the world you live in and it will change the way you think. You will study criminology, sociology and psychology, which will enable you to understand the contemporary world and to apply knowledge to social issues and problems.

This is an inter-disciplinary programme based on the disciplines of Psychology, Sociology and Criminology. The core social issue linking the three academic disciplines is crime. This course offers students the opportunity to develop a critical appreciation of the Social Sciences. Themes that are explored in the programme include psychopathology, explanations for criminal and deviant behaviour, historical and contemporary issues in policing, social control, social identity and the development of deviant personalities

What will I study?

This is an inter-disciplinary programme based on the disciplines of Psychology, Sociology and Criminology. (Each module specification gives a detailed breakdown of course content and learning outcomes).

Year 1 Level 4 Certificate stage modules are:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Crime Deviance and Society
  • Academic Skills
  • Social Policy
  • Introduction to Criminological Theories

Year 2 Level 5 Diploma stage modules are:

  • Social Control
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Sociology of Global Development
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention
  • Research Skills

Year 3 Level 6 Honours stage modules are:

  • Dissertation
  • The Impact of Globalisation on Contemporary Britain
  • Biopsychology
  • Prisons, Penology and Policy
  • Sex workers, Policy and Crime in Contemporary Society

This course offers students the opportunity to develop a critical appreciation of the Social Sciences. The programme will be of interest to level 3 students and those working in the public, voluntary and private sectors of the economy as it is offering subjects that are of relevance to people’s lives that will help them understand their situation and the situations of those they work with/work for in the future. Being inter-disciplinary, it will enable progression to a wide variety of further study and occupations. These include teaching, health related professions such as public and environmental health, community work, social work, probation, market research, business management, the police, the probation service, local government administration, housing and social research amongst others. The attraction of the programme is that it offers breadth in terms of progression routes; students might not be sure of exactly what they want to progress to when they start the programme but given the breadth of coverage, are  likely to find an interesting and worthwhile progression route by the end.

How will I be assessed?

The underpinning rationale for the assessment design is the ability for students to apply their skills and knowledge to a wide variety of tasks. By applying knowledge in different ways, it will increase students’ employability skills by finding novel solutions to the task in hand. Assessments methods include essay, reports, padlets, posters, presentation and academic posters.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer to the HE Assessment Policy (section 5) and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered by a series of lectures, seminar, group work, guided independent research and tutorials.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Entry requirements

  • A standard offer for the degree will be 48 points at A level, Level 3 GNVQ/BTEC

Or

  • Access to HE Diploma with 15 merits in a related subject.

 

The TEC Partnership will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work (entry assignment) and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience. Accreditation of prior learning Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) - refer to East Riding College Admissions Policy.

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account.

What next?

People who graduate in social sciences are among the most likely to be employed of all graduates.  These include teaching, health related professions such as public and environmental health, community work, social work, probation, market research, business management, the police, the probation service, local government administration, housing and social research amongst others.

Additional information

The course information above is for guidance and may change.  Please check our website or speak to a tutor for the approved course content.

Validated by the University of Hull