BA (Hons) Social Sciences

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.

Your career

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.

Year 1

Social Science foundation modules including History, Politics, Sociology and Criminology plus Economics and options in Languages

Year 2

Advanced modules in the disciplines studied in Year 1

Year 3

Research methods module and a choice of five modules from the disciplines studied in Year 2

Year 4

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.

Clearing 2020

UCAS Clearing is open! We're able to help you fast-track to offer holder position in good time for a September 2020 start. Let us guide you through this, our clearing explained guide tells you everything you need to know, whether you've applied already via UCAS or not, plus we have a range of courses with places still available for September. Let's get started with UCAS clearing.

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BA (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 4 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
L000
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 2 - 4 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BA (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 4 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
L000
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 2 - 4 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

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.

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: ABBBB (incl English) Nat 5: C(Maths)
Minimum entry requirement*: BBBBC (incl English) Nat 5:C (Maths)
A level: BCC GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
ILC Higher: H1 H2 H3 H3 H3 (incl English) H5/O2: (Maths)
IB Diploma: 25 points (incl Maths and English)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
SWAP: Humanities - ABB

Year 2
College HNC: 15 credit HNC Social Sciences/Police Studies -graded unit A (criminology unit is essential)

Year 3
College HND: Social Sciences - graded units AAB

English language
IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

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.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

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.

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Scholarships

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 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

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.