Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Social Sciences Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


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Course summary

TEF Silver

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This course is designed for you if you are interested in the broad range of social sciences including sociology and psychology. You will investigate issues from all angles including global, societal, community-based and individual. As you move through the course you will be able to specialise in the areas that most interest you.

Why this course at Marjon?
• Includes contemporary social issues such as sustainability, globalisation, health and social welfare, families, children and young people, education, and crime and deviance.
• Variety of thought-provoking modules exploring psychology, sociology, social policy, politics, economics, human geography and international relations.
• Gain confidence through your second year work placement.

What might I become?
This degree will provide you with a broad range of knowledge, skills and competencies that will equip you to address the complexities and uncertainties of the modern world. This will enable you to work in and across a wide variety of occupations in different sectors including industry, government, education and the third sector.

Find out more at Open Day
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Social Sciences at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and find out why we are ranked second in the UK for teaching quality. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

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Why study at Marjon?
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Ranked in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, published 23 Sept 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates

Course details


Gregory Borne - Course Lead, Social Sciences;
“The first year introduces you to key areas of sociology, social policy, psychology and disability studies, as well as developing essential research skills. During the second year you will engage with political and social theories as well as exploring important issues at global and local scales. You will develop your qualitative and quantitative research skills making you an effective researcher and creator of knowledge. You will also gain hands-on experience with a work placement. In the third year you will specialise in areas that interest you by choosing from a number of optional modules. Your research dissertation forms a substantial part of your final year of studies where you conduct a piece of research, deepening your expertise in your chosen area.”

1st Year
Introduction to Sociology and Social Policy
Introduction to Disability Studies
Introduction to Psychology
Our Social Selves
Engaging with learning
Understanding research, theory & method

2nd Year
Contemporary social and political thought
Political economy of health and welfare
Globalisation; the local and global
Quantitative research methods
Qualitative research methods
Engaging with Employability
Independent study module

3rd Year
Community psychology
Crime and deviance in society
Discourse, communication and interaction
Education in society
Identities and sexualities
The body, health and illness
Understanding children and young people
Global education and sustainability

Assessment method

Assessment methods include a variety of coursework, portfolio and examinations.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 3W6P
Institution code P63
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 – Higher National Certificate or evidence of 120 Credits gained at Higher Education. Module details will be required to check that previous study matches Marjon curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points
A level CCC Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM We will accept triple grades gained from a combination of other BTEC qualifications
Access to HE Diploma Achieve 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 level 3 credits at Distinction
AS We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs
General Studies is excluded.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £11,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)
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