Swansea University

Social Sciences Swansea University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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• The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules, in a variety of social science subjects, allowing students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests.

• In years two and three of the degree, you have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as local authorities, businesses, healthcare settings, education settings and charities.

• A variety of global summer opportunities are available. You may also undertake two-week study and cultural tours ot China, Vietnam and Thailand.

The BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences is a novel, multidisciplinary research-active programme which is designed for students who are ‘socially curious’. It aims to develop graduates who have the critical thinking, problem-solving, personal attributes and communication skills needed to become leaders of social change.
Dealing with poverty, boosting social justice and tackling oppression are some of the major challenges facing our society and economy. This demands sharp social science, which asks the difficult questions and finds answers to the challenges that society faces. This social science degree is therefore aimed at people who are interested in social and societal issues; it will ask the following questions – “What is wrong? What is right? What can be done about it?” Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in contemporary theories and conceptual models in social science and they will develop the research skills needed to critically evaluate current practice and policy, and in turn, inform future policy development in a rapidly changing political and social environment. Students will also be educated to use theories and their developing critical awareness to understand and address societal issues and real-world problems.
A degree in Social Science provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a wide range of professional careers.

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Course details


Year 1 compulsory
Academic and Professional Development
We are the Stories
Poverty and Plenty
Equality, Discrimination and Oppression in Society
Power and Politics
Social Inquiry in Practice

Year 2 compulsory
Professional Development and Critical Thinking
Interrogating Quantitative Social Science Methods
Interrogating Qualitative Social Science Methods

Year 3 compulsory
Global Perspectives and Working in a Globalised World.
Doing Social Science 1
Doing Social Science 2

Assessment method

Students will be assessed through essays, presentations (poster and oral), cognitive maps, written reports, exams and personalised learning records. Students are also required to complete a literature review, ethics proposal and research project in the final year.

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

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Course code L301
Institution code S93
Campus name Singleton Park Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from non-UK students and consider a wide range of international qualifications. For details visit our country specific guide. English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent approved English Language test or qualification. For further information email study@swansea.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAB - ABB For applicants offering at least one of the following subjects at A-level: Sociology, Politics or Psychology, the typical offer will be ABB. Please note: it is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A-level. We do not accept General Studies.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 24 credits
M: 18 credits
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSEs: Five A*- C grade GCSE passes including English/Welsh Language and Maths.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 - 32 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 360-375 points.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 120 UCAS points for completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ) Core.

Fees and funding

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Swansea University
Singleton Park

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