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Social Sciences

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Desirable A level subjects Preference for at least one humanities subject such as: History, Religious Studies, Geography, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Philosophy or Psychology. Alternative A level offer BBB plus one of the following: grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification grade B in AS level Mathematics or Statistics

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:9

Typical offer: Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 30 credits achieved at Distinction and 9 credits achieved at Merit or above. This must include at least 9 credits achieved at Distinction in an essay-based subject.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M1,M1

Cambridge Pre-U alternative offer M1, M1, M1 plus one of the following: grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

35 points overall and 6, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

DDD in the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma. We prefer the above qualifications to be in a relevant subject and we prefer you to have taken optional units in Sociology and Public Health.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD

DDD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF). We prefer the above qualifications to be in a relevant subject area and are unable to consider qualifications in Public Services.

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

DDM

DDM in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF). We prefer the above qualifications to be in a relevant subject area and are unable to consider qualifications in Public Services.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

AB in two Advanced Highers. We make offers based on Advanced Highers. You will typically be expected to have completed five Scottish Highers and your grades in these will be considered as part of your application. We prefer applicants who have achieved at least AABBB in their Highers.

UCAS Tariff

104-128

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

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social sciences

Direct your own learning with a broad-based training in the social sciences that is focused on cutting-edge issues of social change and justice.

This course draws on insights from several disciplines, including sociology, social policy as well as international development and criminology. You’ll be free to explore which issues or ideas in social science you find most interesting. You’ll study these from diverse perspectives and link them with relevant research skills. You’ll be supported in tailor-making your degree according to your interests.

In your first year you’ll study social policy, sociology and gain a firm grounding in research methods and sources of data. You'll develop an understanding of how society works and the levers of social change.

In your second year you'll continue a broad-based approach or choose to specialise in specific areas, whether it’s policy, social theory, or justice and conflict.

In your final year you’ll carry out a year-long social science dissertation. You'll be able to make use of a range of methodological skills you’ll have accumulated during the course.

Study in an enriched learning environment
You’ll learn from committed academics with expertise across the social sciences. Their international collaborations and research activities inform teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Our researchers have specialisms in:

children and families
health
international development
justice and rights
migration
policy design and analysis
poverty
violence and crime
Prepare for your future
Those who study our social sciences degrees have excellent graduate prospects with diverse options. Our graduates have worked as social and policy researchers, civil servants, international consultants, journalists, and in multiple government, charity sector and business-related roles.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for:
Amazon
BBC Worldwide
Goldman Sachs
Guide Dogs
Parliamentary Research Service

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bath

Department:

Social and Policy Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

90%
high
Social sciences

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.

Social sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

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.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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.

£23,000
high
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
73%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
20%
Welfare professionals
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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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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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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