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University of the West of Scotland

Society, Politics and Policy

UCAS Code: L2L3

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

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Cultural studies

The degree programme Society, Politics and Policy is aimed at students who want to study a range of social science disciplines and subjects within an interdisciplinary framework which emphasises the way in which the constituent subject-disciplines are interrelated and complement each other. The central disciplines that underpin this new programme are Political Science, Social Policy and Sociology. The central philosophy of the programme is that students will receive grounding in these core subject areas whilst at the same time developing a critical understanding of the ways in which the boundaries between them are fluid and the focus of each is often complementary to the others.

Career prospects
Graduates are equipped with invaluable attributes and key transferable skills much sought after in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Graduates work in teaching, health and social care, public services, politics, and research. Close links are maintained with UWS Careers and Employability Services and careers staff will input into the programme at various stages.

Further study
The course can lead to further study on a variety of postgraduate programmes. The MSc Applied Social Science offered within the School would be an ideal next step.

Placement/Work-based learning
Study abroad
You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.

Modules

Course content
The central philosophy of the programme is that students will receive grounding in the core subject areas of Political Science, Social Policy and Sociology whilst at the same time developing a critical understanding of the ways in which the boundaries between them are fluid and the focus of each is often complementary to the others.

This programme focuses on the development of inter-disciplinary academic and research skills. A deep engagement with the social science research process will develop your theoretical and applied understanding of Political Science, Social Policy and Sociology. You will develop a range of key transferable skills that will enhance 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
Students will complete six modules, three modules in each trimester. Current modules are: Academic Literacies; Research Practice 1; Development of Social Policy; Introducing Sociology; Democracy in the UK; Introduction to Psychology

Year 2
Students will complete six modules, three in each Trimester. Current modules are: Foundations of Social and Political Thought; Introductory Social and Cognitive Psychology; Power, State and Citizenship; Research Practice 2; Global Society and Social Welfare; Society, Policy and Change

Year 3
Students will complete six modules, three in each Trimester. Two compulsory modules are Scottish Society, Politics and Policy, and Social Science Research Methods. Students may then select four further modules from a range. Details of available modules will be shared with students far in advance to enable informed decision-making.

Year 4 (Honours)
Students will complete six modules, three in each Trimester. All students will complete a dissertation (double module). Students may select four further modules from a range. Details of available modules will be shared with students far in advance to enable informed decision-making.

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:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Education and Social Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
25%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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.

£20,400
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
22%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Caring personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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