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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Social Sciences

UCAS Code: 3W6P

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Excluding General Studies

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.

Achieve 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 level 3 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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We will accept triple grades gained from a combination of other BTEC qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96
75%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Applied social science

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.

**Book on to an Open Day at: www.marjon.ac.uk/open-day**

**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

Modules

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
Dissertation
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 methods

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Department:

School of Arts and Humanities

TEF rating:

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Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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Employed or in further education
26%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
27%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
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