Our multi-disciplinary programme provides you with the opportunity to develop a wide knowledge base from a selection of subject areas which include politics, history, sociology, policing and criminology.
After an introduction to the social sciences in Years 1 and 2, you may start to specialise in Year 3 and Year 4. Exchange opportunities exist in Year 3 with a range of institutions (California State University Long Beach, University of Massachusetts in Boston, Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Siegen University).
You will also have the option to study language modules, thus broadening your knowledge and the scope of your career options. Graduate employability is high on our agenda and is embedded throughout our programme, which will also equip you with skills in presentation, research and computing, critical evaluation and concise writing.
Graduates benefit from a wide range of employment opportunities and have previously secured jobs in teaching, social work, the police force, marketing, public administration, political and social research, HR, journalism, counselling, heritage and tourism.
Graduates can also pursue postgraduate studies in a variety of academic disciplines up to PhD level.
Social Science foundation modules including History, Politics, Sociology and Criminology plus Economics and options in Languages
Advanced modules in the disciplines studied in Year 1
Research methods module and a choice of five modules from the disciplines studied in Year 2
Honours Dissertation and four modules from one or more of the disciplines studied in Year 3
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
"I chose social sciences because I've always loved studying history but never knew what direction or career I wanted to go in. This degree offers a variety of subject options to study from criminology to politics and gave me a much wider choice for my future."Skye Margaret Farmer
BA (Hons) Social Sciences student
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
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Clearing entry requirements
A Level: CCD at plus GCSE Maths C and English at C (A Level CDD is acceptable as long as you have a relevant subject such as Sociology/Politics/Economics/History, as well as GCSE requirements)
BTEC/CACHE: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Social Sciences at MMP as well as GCSE requirements
Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: ABBBB including English plus Nat 5 Maths at C
A level: BCC plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4
ILC Higher: H1, H2, H3, H3, H3, including English plus Maths at O2 or H5
IB Diploma: 25 points must include English and Maths
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at DMM plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4
SWAP: Humanities at ABB
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
College HNC: Social Sciences or Police Studies with A in graded units. HNC must be 15 credits.
College HND: Social Sciences with AAB in graded units.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
A wide range of learning and teaching methods are employed to ensure that you gain the necessary knowledge and understanding while developing their intellectual and personal skills to become lifelong learners.
Assessments are designed to develop your independent learning while testing your ability to address problems, formulate arguments and analysis issues. A wide range of assessment styles are adopted, geared to the content of the modules, and enable you to develop not just in your written skills and learning but also in skills such as data analysis, software applications, presentation and team working.
Assessment methods may vary between modules and include: unseen examinations, class tests, written course work, presentations and group work.
The employability of our graduates is a cornerstone of our curriculum, enabling our students to become reflective lifelong learners able to respond dynamically in changing employment contexts.
We employ an extensive range of formative and summative assessment methods and additionally, a number of our modules use the university's own Virtual Learning Environment, GCULearn, which enables our staff to develop innovative online modes of assessment, such as discussion boards, MCQ class tests and referencing exercises. We also use this to access e-learning tools such as wikis, blogs, podcasts, and online discussion boards and quizzes.