BA (Hons) Social Science

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.

Themes you will explore in the programme include social identity, informal social control, social and personality development, globalisation, crime prevention strategies, psychology of relationships, research methods, psychopathology, prisons and alternatives to prison, formal social control, historical and contemporary issues in policing and anti-social behaviour.

During the programme you will develop a range of subject specific skills, competencies and transferable skills for the graduate labour market.  If you want to develop a critical understanding of human behaviour, groups and society and be taught in small classes by an enthusiastic and dedicated lecturing team then this can be the course for you.

What will I study?

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, formal social control, social identity and the development of deviant personalities. (Each module specification gives a detailed breakdown of course content and learning outcomesThis 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, formal social control, social identity and the development of deviant personalities. (Each module specification gives a detailed breakdown of course content and learning outcomes.

Year one:

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Crime deviance and society
  • Academic skills
  • Social policy
  • Criminological theory

Year two:

  • Social control
  • Cognitive development
  • Sociology of global development
  • Drugs, crime and society
  • Criminal justice and crime prevention
  • Research skills

Year three:

  • 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?

You will be assessed by a combination of essays, presentations and a dissertation in your final year.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy 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

  • 48 UCAS points at A-levels
  • A level three GNVQ/BTEC
  • An Access to HE Diploma with 15 of the 60 credits at Merit level

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.  Roles are varied but include those in social and community services, human resources, education, the police and national and local government.

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.

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