Social Studies BA (Hons)





About the course

A degree you can tailor to your interests, while enhancing your career prospects – employers value the transferable skills gained by Applied Social Studies graduates.

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.

After a foundation in the first year, choose specific areas like: children and adult services, criminal justice, welfare systems, disability issues, community care, public health, multi-agency working, globalisation and the law.



Social Studies - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - L310
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Social Studies with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • 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.

Social Studies with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Social Studies with foundation year

Social Studies with International Year Zero - BA (Hons)

  • *International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first stage of a four-year International Incorporated Bachelor's degree. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English language, before you continue to year one of your undergraduate degree course.

    IYZ is delivered by London Bedfordshire International College in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Find out more about International Year Zero

    *IYZ is only available to international students





Why choose this course?

  • Learn practical skills relevant to a wide range of human services work including management practice, communication and multi-agency working
  • Study areas informed by research at the forefront of social work and development, including trafficking studies, youth offending vulnerable social groups
  • Gain knowledge and skills in communication, team-working and research
  • Explore your choice of areas such as children and families, crime, health care, disability, older people and global policy issues
  • 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 from both the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime and The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, recently awarded the Queen’s Award for pioneering research into child sexual exploitation.

The course covers both national and global social issues and policy responses and interventions across the human services.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

The units you will study are a mix of core and option units all focusing on knowledge, skills and analysis – essential requirements for your employability.

Year 1 – students do three core units and choose one option unit:

Core:

  • Investigating Social Life
  • Introduction to the Human Services
  • Foundations in the Social Sciences

Options:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Working with Children, Young People and Families
Year 2 – students do four core units and choose two option units:

Core:

  • Exploring the Social Sciences
  • Research Approaches in the Social World
  • Multi-Agency Working
  • Comparing Welfare Internationally

Options:

  • Global News Media and Contemporary Audiences
  • Disability in Childhood: critical perspectives on policy and practice
  • Mental Health and Society
  • Contemporary Forced Migration
  • Managing and Management in the Human Services
  • Child Welfare: perspectives on and approaches to risk assessment
  • Studies in ‘Race’ and Ethnicity
  • Young People, Gangs and Group Offending
Year 3 – students do two core units and choose two option units:

Core:

  • Independent Project in Health and Social Care
  • Ideas and Issues in Globalisation

Options:

  • Dependency and Care: Critical perspectives on policy and practice
  • The Social Body
  • Violence in Contemporary Society
  • Comparative Youth Justice
  • Current Issues in the Human Services
  • Human Services Today
  • Contemporary Issues in Inclusion and Exclusion in Education



Discover the School of Applied Social Studies

Established in 1994, the School of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire has come to be recognised as a place where teaching and research combine to provide students with a rich and supportive learning environment.

This has been achieved by developing and delivering high quality programmes of academic and professional study.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and abilities through a range of different assessments.

You will undertake written assignments – essays and reports – as well as participating in group conferences, poster presentations, and presentations.

These presentations are designed to build your confidence and become accustomed to presenting yourself in a variety of settings. Being able to practice these skills in a supportive environment will develop this essential employability skill.

You will also have in-class tests and two examinations – one in the first year and one in the third year – to allow you to demonstrate and record your ability to work under pressure.

However, the weight of assessments are written assignments and these allow you to explore the subject in depth through detailed research and construct an argument based on the evidence you gain in preparing the assignment.

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 has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • 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.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see 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

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies degree can be tailored to your interests to enhance your career prospects. The range of skills and levels of personal enquiry achieved are deemed essential in the world of work.

Studying areas informed by research and at the forefront of social work and development will give you the ability to undertake a range of career options in the human services and a range of areas such as:

  • Children and families
  • Crime
  • Health and social care
  • Disability
  • Older people
  • Global social policies

Potential employers favour Applied Social Studies graduates for the diversity of your transferable knowledge and skills, humanistic values and your breadth of mind.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. 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.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. 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.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 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.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

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

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