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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Applied Social Science

If you're interested in politics and society and want to explore them further, this course is for you.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? L000
When do I start? September

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Course summary

  • Develop the skills you need for a variety of careers.
  • Choose to study abroad and go on a work placement.
  • Learn from guest lectures from a variety of industries.

This degree develops your intellectual and practical skills, giving you the knowledge and ability to apply scholarly knowledge to real life issues and situations.

Student View

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How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Peter Thomas talk about this course

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • personal tutorials
  • virtual learning environment
  • essays
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • dissertation
  • posters
  • exams

Course leaders and tutors

Peter Thomas
Peter Thomas
Senior Lecturer

Peter Thomas recently arrived having previously been a Teaching Fellow in comparative politics and quantitative research methods at University of Birmingham, a visit … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to undertake a semester long work placement in your second year. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. You gain an awareness of the demands of employers and draw connections between your academic studies and possible careers.

Field trips

You have the opportunity to go on three educational field trips during the course that enhance your critical engagement and improve your understanding of the subject areas, as well as allowing you to experience real social science.

In your first year you undertake a tour of Sheffield identifying key areas of social, cultural and political interest. In the second year there is a four-day visit to Brussels. While in Brussels you get to explore the institutions of the European Union presenting you with a first-hand experience of the EU policy-making environment and engaging with practitioners from across the EU political entity.

Networking opportunities

You are invited to events involving guest speakers including potential employers, individuals from the political and public sectors, campaign and voluntary sectors and corporate partners in the private sector. Guest speakers address specific issues of graduate employment as well as contributing sessions on skills which may enhance your employability.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • government and local government
  • political organisations
  • education
  • advice work
  • social work
  • charities and the voluntary sector
  • social research
  • human resources
  • commercial, industrial and public-sector management
  • policing

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 104

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

IIf English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Deviance, Order And Protest Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Graduate Study Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To International Relations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Politics And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: The Politics Of Post War Britain Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: The Sociological Imagination Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Europe And The European Union Credits: 20
Module: Research Methods In Politics Credits: 20
Module: Theorising Modernities Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Beliefs, Values And Religion Credits: 20
Module: Britain In The World: British Foreign And Defence Policy In The Modern Era Credits: 20
Module: Contemporary War And Security Studies Credits: 20
Module: Divided Societies Credits: 20
Module: Education: Theory, Policy And Practice Credits: 20
Module: Health And Inequalities Credits: 20
Module: Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment Credits: 20
Module: Spin, Propaganda And The Media Credits: 20
Module: Study Abroad Module 1 Credits: 20
Module: Study Abroad Module 2 Credits: 20
Module: Study Abroad Module 3 Credits: 20
Module: The Politics Of Welfare In The 21St Century Credits: 20
Module: Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) Credits: 60
Module: Work Project Credits: 20
Module: Youth: Chaos And Control Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dissertation (Politics) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Research Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Anarchism: Direct Action In Theory And Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: British Political Parties In The Modern Era Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Charity And Community Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Crime And The Media Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Culture, Media And Consumption Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Drug Use In Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Education, Power And Control Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Experiences Of Health, Illness And Disability Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Failed States And Democratisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Families And Kinship: A Sociological Insight Into Family History Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Globalisation, Gender And Work Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Political Economy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Politics Of The City Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Power, Sex And The Body Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sex, Gender And World Politics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Theory And Film: Modern, Postmodern And Postcolonial Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Politics Of Sub-Saharan Africa Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Theories And Methods Of Conflict Transformation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work, Employment And Globalisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Sociology and politics courses (PDF)

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