Applied Social Science (BA Hons)
Are you interested in questions like: How does society function? What causes inequality? How does the economy interact with our everyday lives? Through lively and topical teaching, this course will equip you with the tools you need to address the complex challenges and understand the big issues of our time.
Purpose: Higher Education
Duration: 3 years full-time
Course validation: Newman University
What are the qualifications about?
This popular degree combines Sociology, Politics, Psychology and Economics, so you can study a wide range of social science disciplines and get a deeper understanding of the world around you. You will address social issues such as poverty and social exclusion, explore public policy and find out how social, economic, and political decision-making influences people’s lives. You will gain a deep understanding of the lives of individuals, communities and workplaces, and the issues faced by vulnerable individuals and groups in our society.
Who are they for?
If you have previous experience in the social sciences or life experience which has enhanced your understanding of these areas, this would be a great course for you.
What do I need?
There is no specific level 3 qualification required but you will need English at Level 2 and a commitment to achieving Level 2 in Maths during the course.
Why choose Ruskin College?
Ruskin has a remarkable history of teaching politics and social sciences, and a reputation for excellence in social science studies.
You will study in a challenging and supportive learning environment with a small learning group approach which really focuses on you.
What sorts of things do they cover?
- Critical Skills for Social Science
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Economics
- Introduction to Sociology
- Introduction to Politics
- Independent Studies
- Research Methods
- Sociology of Organisations
- Economics of Work in the Digital Age
- International Politics
- Psychology of the Individual and Society
- Optional Modules: Work Placement or Independent Studies Project
- Political Psychology
- Globalisation, Inequality and Sustainable Development
- Contemporary Political Theory
- Exploring Solutions for Change
- Final Dissertation
How will I learn and be assessed?
You will enjoy a variety of learning methods, such as a mini lectures, pair and group work, learning checks, and tutor and student led discussions. You will be assessed through essays (approx 90%) and presentations (approx 10%).
How long do they take?
Completing the Applied Social Science (BA Hons) usually takes:
- 3 years full time
What jobs could they lead to?
After successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Science, awarded by Newman University. The programme has a clear, practical and vocational character that aims to support your entry into a range of public and third sector professions, or to help you develop and advance your existing career, both in the UK and internationally.
You may find employment within the public sector and the third sector, and our students have gone on to work with homeless people’s organisations, in services for older and disabled people, and in the human services such as: housing, welfare-to-work and community development.
After graduating from Ruskin, more than 30% of students progress to postgraduate study at universities including King’s College, Warwick and Oxford. Many go on to secure careers in the social sciences arena, with some achieving desirable trainee positions.
What would it cost me?
£9,000 per year, not including enhanced DBS check for optional work placement module. For more information visit our University Programmes fees and funding page.