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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:L310
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This is a relevant and stimulating course that allows you to make sense of lived and real experiences. It provides a detailed understanding of the function and complexity of society, the lives of different individuals and the role of communities and workplaces within it.

The content of the course is broad, covering contemporary ideas, theories of society, history and culture. The course offers a deeper contemplation and reflection of our values and shared principles.

You will interrogate national and global social issues and problems together with policy and practice intervention responses across the government, the third sector and the public services.

Potential employers from the private, public and voluntary sector favour Social Studies graduates for the diversity of your transferable social science knowledge and skills, humanistic values and your breadth of mind


On the Social Studies degree you can:

  • Tailor your education to your interests, while enhancing your career prospects, choosing study in specific areas such as human rights, culture, education, children and adult services, criminal justice, welfare systems, disability issues, community care, public health, multi-agency working, globalisation and the law;
  • Gain a deep understanding of the lives of individuals, communities and workplaces, the issues faced by vulnerable individuals and groups in our society, and the policy, legal, cultural and organisational contexts;
  • Acquire knowledge from studying social problems and issues that impact our personal experiences resulting in greater understanding of social processes in contemporary Britain and beyond;
  • Learn practical as well as theoretical and transferrable skills relevant to a wide range of services including management practice, communication and multi-agency working;
  • Study areas informed by research at the forefront of social work and development, including refugee and trafficking studies, youth offending, vulnerable social groups;
  • Gain knowledge and skills in communication, team-working and research;
  • Discuss emerging technology used in the context of social science.

The content covers both national and global social and cultural issues as well as policy responses and interventions across the human services and you will, in short, benefit from a course which helps you develop breadth of mind, transferable knowledge and skills and humanistic values – all of which will help you attract potential employers

This course draws on world-leading research in the Institute of Applied Social Research that includes work on unaccompanied asylum seeking, refugee and trafficked children, and the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime and The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, a recipient of the Queen’s Award for pioneering research into child sexual exploitation in 2014. Academics within the Department at the University of Bedfordshire who administer and teach the Social Studies Course also publish frequently, including books and articles in top academic journals (often to world-leading standard), and feature regularly in local and national media.


  • Our research involving robots, shows that they can improve mental health and loneliness in the elderly
  • Courses developed in partnership with practice agencies
  • 91% satisfaction with Health and Social Care, NSS 2020

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


Units

  • Law, Society And Controversy (ASS071-1) Compulsory
  • Skills For The Social Sciences (ASS065-1) Compulsory
  • The Sociology Of Modern Britain (ASS067-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding The Human Services (ASS066-1) Compulsory
  • Multi-Agency Working (ASS069-2) Compulsory
  • Politics, Government And Public Policy For Social Scientists (ASS070-2) Compulsory
  • Researching, Representing And Evidencing The Social World (ASS081-2) Compulsory
  • The Social Sciences At Work (ASS099-2) Compulsory
  • Mental Health And Society (ASS091-2) Optional
  • Refugees, Displacement And The Politics Of Migration (ASS096-2) Optional
  • Studies In 'Race' And Ethnicity (ASS059-2) Optional
  • Young People, Gangs And Group Offending (ASS067-2) Optional
  • Ideas And Issues In Globalization (ASS010-3) Compulsory
  • Independent Project In Social Studies (ASS115-3) Compulsory
  • Arts, Culture And Society (ASS127-3) Optional
  • Childhoods In Global Context (ASS023-3) Optional
  • Comparative Youth Justice: Models And Approaches (ASS119-3) Optional
  • Innovation And Service Development In Practice (ASS061-3) Optional
  • Safeguarding Across The Lifespan (ASS109-3) Optional
  • Special Educational Needs And Challenging Behaviour In Schooling (ASS133-3) Optional
  • Work, Welfare And Unemployment In Global Perspective (ASS111-3) Optional

A range of appropriate assessments will enable you to grow in confidence and demonstrate your acquisition of knowledge and skills. The assessment methods used across the course include: - Written assignments - these vary from essays and reports to more in-depth research work on broader topics - Examinations: These are a range of multiple choice computer examinations through to in-class tests and essay-based exams in your final year - Oral presentations and Poster presentations that demonstrate verbal and presentational skills in communicating information to others - Group work allowing you to demonstrate skills of group research while allowing you to submit a piece of assessed individual work at the same time as your contribution to the group The Dissertation, allowing you to undertake a complex research project and communicate knowledge, findings and recommendations, in your final year on the course, thus showing your capacity to address a complex self-directed task The assessments will develop incrementally across the course and allow you to gain skills, confidence and knowledge, receive feedback and grow, thus allowing you to implement this knowledge and feedback in subsequent assessments. Along the way you will develop your capacity for writing in your own words and style of expression at the higher level. At the end of the course completion of the assessments will demonstrate your ability to analyse current social science knowledge and communicate this, in both written and presentational formats, as well as demonstrate a range of transferable skills relevant to your professional employability as a practitioner in the human services.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

Clicking this card will take you to https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


This course will equip you to undertake a range of career options in the human services and a range of areas such as: children and families, criminal justice system, social care sector, public policy and access to post graduate study in social work, international welfare and working for NGO’s.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student