BSc (Hons) Social Sciences

  1. UCAS code:
    L301
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    AAB-ABB

Course Overview

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: AAB – ABB at A-Level with a minimum or five A*- C grade GCSE passes including English/Welsh Language. 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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

Key Features

Why take this course?

Social science draws widely on the disciplines of anthropology; business and management; economics; human geography; law; media studies; political science and international relations; psychology; social policy and sociology.

This area of study asks the difficult questions and finds answers to the big and small challenges that society faces. It helps explain local and global issues including poverty, access to education and healthcare, climate change, migration and so much more.

  • The Social Science 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.
  • We use a variety of learning approaches and emphasise the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which will be valued by employers.
  • A unique aspect of the degree is its emphasis on preparation for the workplace.
  • In years two and three of the degree, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as local authorities, businesses, healthcare settings, education settings and charities.  
  • The degree is taught by innovative experts who have strong national and international links.
  • All students will complete an independent research project in the final year, focussing on their chosen field of knowledge.
  • The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.

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Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PPS100Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Academic and Professional Development
PPS101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20We are the Stories
PPS102Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poverty and Plenty
PPS103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Equality, Discrimination and Oppression in Society
PPS104Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Power and Politics
PPS105Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Social Inquiry in Practice

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PPS200Academic Year20Professional Development and Critical Thinking
PPS201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interrogating Quantitative Social Science Methods
PPS202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interrogating Qualitative Social Science Methods
Optional Modules
Social Sciences Year 2 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 60 credits from the following list of optional modules. Following discussion with their personal tutor students may also select from other modules offered within the College or University. Students will only be able to select other modules if they can be accommodated within the timetable for the programme. In addition to the optional modules listed students may also undertake a maximum of 20 credits of elective Languages for All modules in year 2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASP220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion
ASP253Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Family Policy
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4You have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
PPS203Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Investigating Gender
PPS204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Domestic Abuse
SHG269Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Safeguarding Children and Young People

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PPS300Academic Year20Global Perspectives and Working in a Globalised World.
PPS301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Doing Social Science 1
PPS302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)40Doing Social Science 2
Optional Modules
BSc Social Sciences - Year 3 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 20 credits from the following list of optional modules. Following discussion with their personal tutor students may also select from other modules offered within the College or University. Students will only be able to select other modules if they can be accommodated within the timetable for the programme.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASP301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Principles of Social Policy
ASP305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Advocacy, Rights and Representation
ASP315Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Social Policy in an Ageing World

Description

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.

Employability and study skills are embedded throughout our BSc (Hons) Social Science degree, with all students undertaking work placement modules in years two and three of the programme. A degree in Social Science provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a wide range of professional careers. For further information please refer to the ‘Careers and Employability’ section. 

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Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels/Welsh Baccalaureate: AAB-ABB - For applicants achieving at least one of the following subjects at A-level: Sociology, Politics or Psychology the typical offer will be ABB. However, please note: it is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A-level. We do not accept General Studies. Welsh Baccalaureate requirements are as for A-Levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.
  • Access to HE: 33 Distinctions, 9 Merits, 5 Passes.
  • BTEC: DDM        
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 360-375 points
  • International Baccalaureate: 33-34 points

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language and Mathematics.

Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact study@swansea.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1792 295111. 

How To Apply

  • Applications for BSc (Hons) Social Sciences must be made through UCAS.
  • Applications will be assessed holistically, taking into account the balance, nature and strength of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent), the personal statement, relevant skills and experience, past achievements, and referee’s comments.
  • The personal statement is crucial and must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the subject.
  • There is no interview process. Once an offer is made, this will be uploaded on to UCAS track and applicants will be invited to either accept or decline.

Applicants with supporting information which they believe might not be captured on their UCAS application form or with other queries should email: study@swansea.ac.uk

Applications are welcome from students wishing to study on either a full or part-time basis.

Please note: All offers will be conditional, subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. If a satisfactory enhanced DBS check is not submitted in time for enrolment, applicants will be required to sign a declaration of provisional enrolment. At the start of years two and three, students will also be required to sign an annual declaration confirming that there have been no changes to their DBS status. More information on DBS checks can be found here

For students wishing to apply for September 2017 entry, please refer to the below guidance:  

If you have not already submitted an application to UCAS this year:

  • Apply through UCAS before 30th June to be considered immediately
  • Apply through UCAS after 30th June and you will be referred to us via Clearing

If you have already applied through UCAS this cycle:

  • If you still have any of your five choices left you can still apply to us through UCAS before 30th June
  • If you are in UCAS Extra you can refer yourself to us before 4th July
  • If you are eligible for Clearing (e.g., not holding any offers / your place is not confirmed by your Firm or Insurance choice) you can apply to us in Clearing

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need advice on making an application for September 2017 entry. Email: study@swansea.ac.uk

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,200

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus.
  • Photocopying and buying stationery and equipment such as USB sticks
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) (Price as at Feb 2016, £44)
  • Recommended core texts are stocked in the University library, but students may wish to purchase their own personal copies
  • Library fines
  • Hire of gowns for graduation ceremonies

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

CURRENT STUDENTS can find out more here about fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees.

Course Structure

This is a modular undergraduate honours degree programme offering 360 credits over three years.

Students benefit from a carefully structured and well supported programme of study including lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations, and guest lectures by professionals, practitioners and well-known academics. Independent study and self-directed learning is also an integral component of each module.

Staff offer opportunities for one-to-one support on academic matters and students are assigned a personal tutor to provide personal, academic, and professional support.

Assessment: 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. 

International Students

We welcome applications from non-UK students and consider a wide range of international qualifications. For details visit our country specific guide.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent approved English Language test or qualification.

International applicants can find out more about how to apply here.

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack.

For further information email study@swansea.ac.uk

Careers in Social Science

A Social Science degree provides an excellent foundation for many careers, including social science research, politics (local and national), business, the Civil Service, public services, law & para-legal, the Criminal Justice System, journalism, charities, NGOs, education, allied health professions and much more. Graduates from the programme will be able to undertake graduate training schemes in a wide variety of professions. Successful completion of the programme will also enable its graduates to undertake postgraduate study such as the MSc Social Research Methods.

As part of the BSc (Hons) Social Sciences curriculum, all first year students will take an employability module leading to the Bronze Level of the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) Award. In the second and third year, students will also undertake employability modules, which include work placements in organisations such as local authorities, businesses and charities. On completion of these modules, students are awarded the Silver and Gold/Platinum SEA Awards respectively. Completion of the SEA awards will be recorded on students Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). 

Information on ways to gain international experience while at Swansea University is available here

Accommodation

Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.

Global Opportunities

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Short and Summer Programmes are a great way to gain international experience in addition to your degree. The College of Human and Health Sciences runs a number of summer programmes for students with opportunities to visit ChinaThailand and Vietnam.