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University of the West of Scotland

Social Science

UCAS Code: L300

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

102
98%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Childhood studies

The BA (Hons) Social Science programme offers students a transformative interdisciplinary exposure to the world of social science research. You will be introduced to a range of social science disciplines, with particular focus on Politics, Psychology and Sociology, and provided with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of classical and contemporary social science.

Course content
You will be encouraged to engage critically with the research process whilst carrying out supervised research. In the course of your studies we will help you develop a range of key transferable skills to enhance your employability, including critical research skills, information literacies, data-handling and analysis and communication skills. Throughout the programme, you will be supported and encouraged to become a reflective, self-regulated, independent learner.

Year 1
We will immerse you in the world of social science research from your first day with us, through the 40-credit Research & Inquiry 1 module you undertake in your first trimester. Alongside this key module you will be introduced in your first year to the key issues and concepts in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Politics and Sociology.

Year 2
In year two you will deepen your engagement with the key debates in social science. Core modules address questions of power, citizenship, global society, and the classical works of social, political and psychological thought. Your studies will be underpinned by the Research & Inquiry 2 module which builds on the research skills you developed in first year.

Year 3
In year three you will undertake the Research & Inquiry 3 module which will help you deepen your developing skills as a researcher ahead of your final year dissertation. In addition to this 40-credit core module you can select from a menu of electives encompassing topics such as Scottish society, politics and religion, US politics, media and society, and social psychology, among many others.

Year 4 (Honours)
In your final year you will undertake a 40-credit dissertation, through which you will complete the research journey you began with the Research & Inquiry 1 module in first

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Lanarkshire Campus

Department:

Education and Social Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
high
Childhood studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Childhood and youth studies

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
9%
Male students
91%
Female students
29%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Health and social care

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

48%
Welfare professionals
31%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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