Social Science

Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Social science allows you to study human behaviour and society from a variety of angles. This variety provides you with a broad perspective on the world and a diverse range of skills - ideal for today's constantly-evolving job market. Abertay's Social Science programmes allows you to choose modules from sociology, psychology, criminology, sports and management, giving you a broader scope than many conventional social science programmes, as well as the ability to construct a degree that reflects your interests. You have the option of specialising in one major subject area in year 4 in order to graduate with a BA (Hons) Social Science in a named subject. In year 4, you will complete a work placement with a voluntary sector such as the British Red Cross, Dundee Food Bank, Tayside Council on Alcohol, Youth Link, and the Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. The programme will provide you with a strong grounding in sociological theory and research methods, along with training in specialist data-analysis software. This course is for advanced entry only and provides those with and HNC/HND in Social Science direct entry into 2nd/3rd year.

Course details


Core modules - Classical Social Theory; Contemporary Social Theory; Researching Society and Community Links Project. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Social & Cognitive Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Mental Health & Ageing; Developmental Psychology; Investigative Psychology & the Law; Social Cognition Across the Lifespan; Language Education and the Early Years; Digital & Social Media Marketing; Creativity, Innovation & Marketing; Brand Management; Communication & Creative Design; Strategic Marketing; Customer Relationship Marketing; Psychology for Sport & Exercise; Social Science of Physical Activity & Health; Public Health & Physical Activity; Contemporary Issues in Sport & Exercise Psychology; Managing Sport Policy & Development; Physical Activity & Health Promotion; Physical Activity Across the Lifespan; Social Issues in Sporting Context; Strategic Development in Sport; Lifestyle Management; Applied Sport Psychology; Managing Ideas & People; Project Management; Operations & Supply Chain; Digital Business Strategy; Future of Work; Managing Transformational Change; International Business & Management; News, Truth & Power; Political Sociology; Work, Class & Consumption in the Global Economy; Human Rights and Sociology of Culture & Civilization.

Assessment method

The diversity of any Social Science programme is a part of its strength. Abertay's BA Social Science, reflecting its diversity of subject areas, also offers a wide variety of teaching and assessment styles. From formal lectures and tutorials, to industry placements and sports science laboratories; from essays to business portfolios and psychological testing, the Social Science degree thrives on diversity, challenge and choice. A wide variety of assessments will be used to assess you throughout your degree including essays, reports, critical reviews, case studies, examinations, presentations and a final year dissertation. Around a third of the course is assessed through examination, although the precise proportion will be dependent on your module choices.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeL300
Institution code A30
Campus nameAbertay Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB To include one of the following:- Sociology, Politics, Modern Studies, History or Psychology
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB To include one of the following:- Sociology, Politics, Modern Studies, History or Psychology
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Childhood Practice - Graded Unit A Social Care - Graded Unit A Social Science - Graded Unit A Social Services - Graded Unit A Working with Communities - Graded Unit A
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 3 with HND Social Science - Graded Units AA
HND (BTEC) D Entry into Year 2 with HND (BTEC) Health and Social Care

Applicants should have National 5 English at C or equivalent and National 5 Maths/Lifeskill Maths at C or National 4 Maths/Lifeskill Maths at P or equivalent

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English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

List of English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

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