Focus on contemporary issues of social change and justice with a course that gives you the freedom to study a broad range of social science topics. This course allows you to explore the areas of social science that you are most interested in. Its interdisciplinary nature covers topics such as sociology, international development, social policy and criminology. You’ll study these in depth and develop relevant research skills. We’ll support you to build your degree around your aims and aspirations. You can also take units focused on economics, psychology and management for an even more diverse experience. In Year 1, you’ll develop your understanding of how society works and the factors that influence social change. You’ll study social policy and sociology, as well as optional criminology and international development units. Through tutorials focused on developing key academic skills, you’ll also learn how to evaluate data and information to develop arguments for different audiences. Year 2 will develop your understanding of research methods and sources of data. You’ll be able to continue a broad-based approach or choose to specialise in specific areas - such as policy, social theory, or justice and conflict. In your final year, you’ll do your dissertation. This will make use of a range of methodological skills you’ll develop during the course. You'll also choose from a range of optional units from across the social sciences. These will allow you to build upon the theoretical understanding you’ll gain during years 1 and 2 and apply it to contemporary sociological issues. The flexibility of this course will allow you to create a degree that’s tailored to your interests and potential future career. Informed teaching to advance your learning You’ll learn from teaching staff with diverse backgrounds and expertise in different areas of social sciences. Their passion, knowledge and research shape their teaching to enhance your learning experience. Develop your professional skills We work to provide you with the tools and support to prepare you for employment and further study. These include: critical and analytical thinking quantitative skills to apply to real-world challenges presentation and communication skills adaptability and resilience. Prepare for your future career Many of our social sciences graduates have gone on to work as social and policy researchers, civil servants, international consultants, journalists, and accountants. They've gone on to work in: government departments social enterprises and charities European and international agencies and organisations Social care and family services international development public policy consultancy Find out what our graduates go on to do 2023/24 Academic Year Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, information about courses starting in the 23/24 academic year may be subject to change. We continue to improve your teaching and learning experience, so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers. Before you apply for a course, please check the website for the most recently published course detail. If you apply to the University of Bath, you will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. We understand that you will want to know more about the shape of the academic year. We work hard and plan for different scenarios, to be able to welcome you to the University of Bath at the start of each semester. Find out about our approach for a safe campus experience for the current 2021 to 2022 academic year.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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GCSE requirements GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4 or C (or equivalent from English language category B) You do not need the required grade in Mathematics if you study a higher level qualification in Mathematics or Statistics (such as an A level, AS level or a Core Mathematics qualification).
English language requirements
English language requirements Category B You will normally need one of the following: IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components IELTS Indicator: 7.0 with 6.5 in each component TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components TOEFL iBT and iBT Special Home Edition: 100 overall with 24 in each component The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element The Pearson Test of English Academic Online (PTE Academic Online): 69 with no less than 62 in any element Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 with no less than 176 in all elements Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 with no less than 176 in all elements Duolingo: 120 overall with sub scores of Literacy 120, Comprehension 130, Conversation 115, Production 100. LanguageCert SELT: C1 Expert Pass
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