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University of Bedfordshire

Social Studies

UCAS Code: L310

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,E-C,C,C

80 - 96 UCAS Tariff points

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

MMP-MMM

UCAS Tariff

80-96

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social sciences

A degree you can tailor to your interests, while enhancing your career prospects – employers value the transferable skills gained by Applied Social Studies graduates. Gain a deep understanding of the lives of individuals, communities and workplaces, the issues faced by vulnerable individuals and groups in our society, and the policy, legal, cultural and organisational contexts. After a foundation in the first year, choose specific areas like: children and adult services, criminal justice, welfare systems, disability issues, community care, public health, multi-agency working, globalisation and the law.

Modules

The units you will study are a mix of core and option units all focusing on knowledge, skills and analysis – essential requirements for your employability.
Year 1; – students do three core units and choose one option unit:
Core:
• Investigating Social Life
• Introduction to the Human Services
• Foundations in the Social Sciences
Options:
• Introduction to Criminology
• Introduction to Health and Social Care
• Introduction to Working with Children, Young People and Families
Year 2; – students do four core units and choose two option units:
Core:
• Exploring the Social Sciences
• Research Approaches in the Social World
• Multi-Agency Working
• Comparing Welfare Internationally
Options:
• Global News Media and Contemporary Audiences
• Disability in Childhood: critical perspectives on policy and practice
• Mental Health and Society
• Contemporary Forced Migration
• Managing and Management in the Human Services
• Child Welfare: perspectives on and approaches to risk assessment
• Studies in ‘Race’ and Ethnicity
• Young People, Gangs and Group Offending
Year 3; – students do two core units and choose two option units:
Core:
• Independent Project in Health and Social Care
• Ideas and Issues in Globalisation
Options:
• Dependency and Care: Critical perspectives on policy and practice
• The Social Body
• Violence in Contemporary Society
• Comparative Youth Justice
• Current Issues in the Human Services
• Human Services Today
• Contemporary Issues in Inclusion and Exclusion in Education

Assessment methods

The assessment strategy is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and abilities through a range of different assessments. You will undertake written assignments – essays and reports – as well as participating in group conferences, poster presentations, and presentations. These presentations are designed to build your confidence and become accustomed to presenting yourself in a variety of settings. Being able to practice these skills in a supportive environment will develop this essential employability skill. You will also have in-class tests and two examinations – one in the first year and one in the third year – to allow you to demonstrate and record your ability to work under pressure. However, the weight of assessments are written assignments and these allow you to explore the subject in depth through detailed research and construct an argument based on the evidence you gain in preparing the assignment.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Luton Campus

Department:

School of Applied Social Studies

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

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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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
48%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
E

After graduation


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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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Caring personal services
15%
Childcare and related personal services
15%
Welfare and housing 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.

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