Social Sciences (BSc (Hons))

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14200 per year

All study options

About Social Sciences at Swansea University

Course Overview

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: AAB - ABB at A-Level with a minimum or five A*- C grade GCSE passes including English/Welsh Language. 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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

Key features

Why take this course?

Social science draws widely on the disciplines of anthropology; business and management; economics; human geography; law; media studies; political science and international relations; psychology; social policy and sociology.

This area of study asks the difficult questions and finds answers to the big and small challenges that society faces. It helps explain local and global issues including poverty, access to education and healthcare, climate change, migration and so much more.

  • The Social Science 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.
  • We use a variety of learning approaches and emphasise the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which will be valued by employers.
  • A unique aspect of the degree is its emphasis on preparation for the workplace.
  • In years two and three of the degree, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as local authorities, businesses, healthcare settings, education settings and charities.  
  • The degree is taught by innovative experts who have strong national and international links.
  • All students will complete an independent research project in the final year, focussing on their chosen field of knowledge.
  • The University's Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.

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Course description

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 -

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14200 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,200

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

  • A-Levels/Welsh Baccalaureate: AAB-ABB - For applicants achieving at least one of the following subjects at A-level: Sociology, Politics or Psychology the typical offer will be ABB. However, please note: it is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A-level. We do not accept General Studies. Welsh Baccalaureate requirements are as for A-Levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.
  • Access to HE: 33 Distinctions, 9 Merits, 5 Passes.
  • BTEC: DDM        
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 360-375 points
  • International Baccalaureate: 33-34 points

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language and Mathematics.

Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact or call +44 (0) 1792 295111. 

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