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BA (Honours) Applied Social Science

Study contemporary issues and tackle the challenges facing the world today.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS L000 Course code

Course description

What you study

Gain knowledge of sociology, politics, policy and society and learn how to use this knowledge to address social problems and issues in the real world on this multi-disciplinary course. As the course progresses, you specialise in specific areas of study that best reflect your career aims and ambitions.

The course includes a strong emphasis on the contemporary, globalised world, and international issues. You acquire the skills necessary to research contemporary issues and to present the results of research in a clear, systematic and confident manner. You also study modules designed to enhance your employability and have opportunities to undertake a work placement or to study abroad.

Topics you study include • social issues and policy in a global context • culture, media and consumption • crime and the media • power, sex and the body • applied human rights and active communities • deviance, order and protest.

During the first year, you gain a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in the social sciences.

The second year offers a flexible study programme in which you can choose to study modules focused on work and employability, alongside modules in sociology, politics and social policy.

In year three, you can specialise in subject areas that particularly interest you or are relevant for your future employment, or you can study modules from all three disciplines. You can also choose to complete a final year dissertation in a subject that interests you.

Field trips

You have the opportunity to go on three educational field trips during the course that enhancing 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 three-day visit to Edinburgh and 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. This is a great benefit both academically and for your future employability. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.


You are taught by lecturers who are actively involved in research. Many of the staff who teach you have published in major journals, produced research reports on key issues and published books in their subject area. This commitment to research ensures that the course materials you use are up to date and well informed by recent studies.

City University of Hong Kong
This course is offered to students studying at City University of Hong Kong and Sheffield Hallam teaching staff make regular visits to Hong Kong, creating opportunities to make links between students on the two courses. If you are interested in studying this course in Hong Kong, contact City University of Hong Kong partner directly. See www.scope.edu/Home/Programmes/UndergraduateDegree/BAHonsAppliedSocialScience.aspx for more information.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics and English language. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.


• 88 UCAS points from three A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

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

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.5 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• introduction to political thought • graduate development 1 • the politics of post-war Britain • the sociological imagination • introduction to international relations • deviance, order and protest

Year two modules

• theorising modernities • research methods in politics • Europe and the European Union

You also choose one from • work placement • study abroad • work project and two option modules

Option modules
May include • divided societies • education: theory, policy and practice • the politics of welfare in the 21st century • gangs and subcultures • post war british foreign and defence policy • health and welfare • youth: chaos and control • spin, propaganda and the media

Year three modules

Modules include • dissertation • comparing social issues and policy in global context • politics of the city • applied human rights and active communities • anarchism: direct action in theory and practice • British political parties in the modern era • contemporary security studies • failed states and democratisation • theories and methods of conflict resolution • terrorism and counter-terrorism • crime and the media • culture, media and consumption • drug use in context • families and kinship, a global perspective • power, sex and the body • work, employment and globalisation • advanced research methods • international political economy • the politics of sub-Saharan Africa

  • essays
  • projects
  • individual and group presentations
  • dissertation
  • seen and unseen examinations


You can pursue careers in areas such as • 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.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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You apply for this course through UCAS.

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