Applied Social Science

BA (Hons) Degree

Full Time

September 2017

Three years

Contact us: 01865 759600

In a rapidly changing digital and unpredictable world you need to be equipped with the skills and ideas to address the complex challenges we face and to prepare you for working and living in the 21st century.

That is why this programme draws on a range of academic disciplines and integrates them through lively and topical teaching to provide you with an understanding of social science and its application to real-world situations and challenges. This allows you to touch upon a wide range of specialist areas and gain training in social research methods which are skills that can be used in a wide range of employment contexts. You will cover local and global issues that will enable you to understand the link between theory, policy and real-life practice. In doing so, you will learn how to analyse and evaluate different analytical and practical approaches and ideas in order to question how we might best respond and problem solve.

The course is accredited by Newman University.

Year 1:

  • Skills for Applied Social Science (including preparing for work placement)
  • Introducing Psychology
  • Introducing Sociology
  • Introducing Politics
  • Economy, People and Society
  • Independent Studies Project

Year 2: 

  • Research Informed Practice
  • Psychology: The Individual in Society
  • Work in the Digital Age
  • Perspectives on Organisations
  • International Politics
  • Independent Studies Project (optional)
  • Work Placement (optional)

Year 3:

  • Critical Issues in Psychology
  • Global Inequality and Sustainability
  • Politics in the Digital Age
  • Exploring Solutions for Change
  • Dissertation

If you are a full time student you will be expected to attend around ten hours of class a week and be expected to study at least fifteen hours per week outside of class and tutorial times.

The teaching methods employed vary according to the content and aims of the session. A typical session will make use of a mix of different methods – e.g. mini-lecture, pair- or group-work, learning checks, tutor- or student-led discussion – in order to accommodate different learning styles.

Tutors are experienced teachers in Higher Education and are also experts in their field with a keen interest in research and publishing.
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the BA (Honours) Degree in Applied Social Science, subject to validation by Newman University.


Home/EU tuition fees are £9,000 per year for full time students. The International fee is £9,000 per year.

Fees are payable to Ruskin College on enrolment. Please note that these fees may be subject to change. Subject to eligibility, most full and part time students will be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company.


Subject to eligibility, full time students may be eligible to apply for help with their living costs with a Maintenance Grant/Loan. Part time students are not eligible for any financial help with maintenance.


Funding is available from Student Finance England if you live in England (, 0845 300 5090). If you live in other parts of the UK please contact Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Award Agency for Scotland. International students will be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees. Further information on funding can be found in our fees and funding support section.


Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college. All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – although much of the reading material that you need will be available in the college library.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

Ruskin College is committed to widening participation and has no specific Level 3 academic entry requirements for students to study on its higher education programmes. Students must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from studying the programme and fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Students must demonstrate an interest in the field of study they wish to undertake. Students may be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme if they plan to undertake external work experience or placement opportunities offered by that programme.

If you have a Certificate of Higher Education or 120 Credits in a relevant subject you may be eligible for direct entry onto the second year of this course (level 5).

Similarly, if you have a Diploma of Higher Education or 240 Credits in a relevant subject you may be eligible for direct entry onto the third year of this course (at level 6).
Offers are conditional on passing a probationary first term, successful medical clearance and two favourable references.

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The interdisciplinary nature of this degree provides opportunities to work in a range of areas that require an understanding and knowledge of people, policies and the planet. The broad range of skills acquired would also provide natural entry points to jobs in local and central government departments, charities, the voluntary sector, research organisations and housing and community development are also possible options.

This degree would also provide a pathway to further study at PGCE for teaching and lecturing and roles that require the ability to analyse social research and interpret and develop social policies.