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Swansea University

Social Sciences

UCAS Code: L301

Bachelor of Science - BSc

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-A,A,B

For applicants offering at least one of the following subjects at A-level: Sociology, Politics or Psychology, the typical offer will be ABB. Please note: it is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A-level. We do not accept General Studies.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:18

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSEs: Five A*- C grade GCSE passes including English/Welsh Language and Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33-32

360-375 points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

120 UCAS points for completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ) Core.

UCAS Tariff

128-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social sciences

• The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules, in a variety of social science subjects, allowing students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests.

• In years two and three of the degree, you have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as local authorities, businesses, healthcare settings, education settings and charities.

• A variety of global summer opportunities are available. You may also undertake two-week study and cultural tours ot China, Vietnam and Thailand.

The BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences is a novel, multidisciplinary research-active programme which is designed for students who are ‘socially curious’. It aims to develop graduates who have the critical thinking, problem-solving, personal attributes and communication skills needed to become leaders of social change.
Dealing with poverty, boosting social justice and tackling oppression are some of the major challenges facing our society and economy. This demands sharp social science, which asks the difficult questions and finds answers to the challenges that society faces. This social science degree is therefore aimed at people who are interested in social and societal issues; it will ask the following questions – “What is wrong? What is right? What can be done about it?” Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in contemporary theories and conceptual models in social science and they will develop the research skills needed to critically evaluate current practice and policy, and in turn, inform future policy development in a rapidly changing political and social environment. Students will also be educated to use theories and their developing critical awareness to understand and address societal issues and real-world problems.
A degree in Social Science provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a wide range of professional careers.

Visit our employability pages to read our graduate success stories:-
http://www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/employability/

**We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.**

Modules

Year 1 compulsory
Academic and Professional Development
We are the Stories
Poverty and Plenty
Equality, Discrimination and Oppression in Society
Power and Politics
Social Inquiry in Practice

Year 2 compulsory
Professional Development and Critical Thinking
Interrogating Quantitative Social Science Methods
Interrogating Qualitative Social Science Methods

Year 3 compulsory
Global Perspectives and Working in a Globalised World.
Doing Social Science 1
Doing Social Science 2

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed through essays, presentations (poster and oral), cognitive maps, written reports, exams and personalised learning records. Students are also required to complete a literature review, ethics proposal and research project in the final year.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

College of Human and Health Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

69%
UK students
31%
International students
10%
Male students
90%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social sciences (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,472
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
3%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Protective service occupations
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Other administrative occupations

This section covers a range of subjects that are often very different, so if you have a particular course in mind, the data here might not fully reflect the possible outcomes from your particular choice. Graduates from these subjects tend to do similar sorts of things to graduates from other social studies courses, so welfare and community roles are common, as are education, whilst graduates also often go into management, marketing and HR jobs and jobs in the police, and employment rates are good in general — but talk to course tutors and attend open days and try to get stats for the course you’re interested in.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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