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Social Sciences

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2

Scottish HNC

Pass

Entry to Year 1 with HNC in one of the following titles: Social Sciences; Social Studies; Social Care/Services; Legal Services; Police Studies; Working with Communities; Counselling; Applied Science.

Scottish HND

Pass

Entry to Year 1 with HND in Childhood Practice. Entry to Year 2 with HND in Social Sciences or Social Studies with B in the Graded Unit. Entry to Year 3 with HND in Social Sciences or Social Studies with BB in the Graded Unit.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

114

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social sciences

The BA (Hons) Social Sciences course introduces you to a range of social science disciplines before allowing to specialise in politics, policy and or sociology combinations.

This suite of degrees offers a foundation of broad-based social science skills with a strong emphasis on developing problem-solving skills across the first two years. After this foundation, you can elect to follow one of three specialist pathways, highlighting in-depth disciplinary knowledge in either Politics and Policy, Sociology, or Sociology and Policy.

Additionally, you will develop your research and inquiry skills throughout the degree from first year through to the final year dissertation. In fact, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of social science and engage with classical and contemporary social science theory and research.

Our degree in Social Science prepares you to make a positive contribution to society.

The suite comprises:

BA (Hons) Social Sciences - both campuses
BA (Hons) Social Sciences (Politics & Policy) - Paisley Campus
BA (Hons) Social Sciences (Sociology & Policy) - Paisley Campus
BA (Hons) Social Sciences (Sociology) - Lanarkshire Campus

The first two years are common and thereafter you can specialise your studies through the selection of a number of optional modules according to your career preferences.
Career Prospects

Social Science graduates are equipped with sought after skills in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Many of our graduates work in teaching, politics, teaching, research, public services, the third sector, health and social care.

You will also be able to undertake further study at master's level courses such as: MPA, MSc Applied Social Science, MSc Policy Analysis and Global Governance, MSc Career Guidance & Development.

Further information can be found at https://www.uws.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-course-search/social-sciences/

Tuition fees

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International
£13,325
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Paisley Campus

Lanarkshire Campus

Department:

Education and Social 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.

71%
med
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

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

61%
Library resources
64%
IT resources
50%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
A

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.

£20,400
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
27%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
22%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Caring personal services

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.

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

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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You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

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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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