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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2023
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:L310

About the course

The world around us is changing rapidly, from climate change and Black Lives Matter to the rise in authoritarian governments and industrial action. This up-to-the-minute, bespoke course teaches you to make links between the local and the global, the individual and society, so you graduate with the knowledge and skills to make a change in society.

On this degree, you adopt a problem-driven approach to social issues, exploring policy and practice intervention responses across government, public services and the third sector. You learn to make links between what happens in our neighbourhoods and communities, and how these developments connect to sometimes very different communities in other parts of the world. Our teaching and research are rooted in local communities in Luton and Bedfordshire, around Britain and in places as far away as Eastern Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean.

The course is bespoke in that it offers a choice of three pathways – human rights, political sociology or cultural studies – as well as the opportunity to focus on subject areas that motivate you, such as globalisation and climate change; human rights and migration; activism and identity; power and inequality; politics and welfare.

Why choose this course?

  • Study with a young, enthusiastic academic team, actively publishing in their fields and undertaking world-leading research in human rights, migration and asylum; political and social theory and welfare studies; cultural, creative and visual sociology
  • Tailor your education to your interests by choosing one of three pathways and focusing on subject areas that motivate you
  • Learn through practical, task-based activities which give you the transferable skills you need to succeed in a range of jobs in the public, private and third sectors
  • Explore the relationship between global trends and where you live in topic areas such as climate change, migration, working conditions, community activism and much more
  • By the end of your final year, have a strong understanding of key issues in policy, the law and society in the UK and internationally; be able to design and conduct projects individually and in teams; understand the fundamentals of research
  • Access one-to-one support from experts in policy and practice; a personal academic tutor; and university-funded support with academic writing and skills
  • Take the course over four years and include a Professional Practice Year (see below) to gain practical experience, build your CV and make contacts
  • If you need to step up into higher education, start with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees entry to the undergraduate degree

Course Leader - Dr Tom Hoctor

Tom is a political sociologist whose research and teaching sit at the intersection of political economy and social theory. He has published and lectured extensively on the ideological direction of the British Conservative Party, the relationship between political theory and the economy, and work and welfare in the UK and Scandinavia. This focus on how ideas are put into practice is reflected in his teaching agenda which takes concepts like ideology, power and work and asks students to think about how they manifest themselves in the real world. He has also taught extensively on research methodologies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is currently co-Principal Investigator of the research project: What Happened to the Affluent Worker? Deindustrialisation and Identity in Luton.

 
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The campus where this course is taught

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.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Career Planning For Social Scientists (ASS102-1) Compulsory
  • Introducing Academic Skills (ASS103-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Research And Social Enquiry (ASS100-1) Compulsory
  • Social Change With Communities: The Un Sustainable Development Goals (ASS099-1) Compulsory
  • The Sociology Of Modern Britain (ASS067-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Societies, Identities And Structures (ASS069-1) Compulsory
  • Cultural Studies (ASS108-2) Compulsory
  • Power In Political Thought (ASS116-2) Compulsory
  • Research 1: Collecting Data (ASS110-2) Compulsory
  • Research 2: Exploring Data (ASS113-2) Compulsory
  • The Social Sciences At Work (ASS099-2) Compulsory
  • Comparing Welfare Internationally (ASS068-2) Optional
  • Identity Inequality And Difference (ASS059-2) Optional
  • Refugees, Displacement And The Politics Of Migration (ASS096-2) Optional
  • Ideas And Issues In Globalization And Neoliberalism (ASS010-3) Compulsory
  • Sass Change Maker Project Dissertation (ASS139-3) Compulsory
  • Sass Change Maker Research Dissertation (ASS142-3) Compulsory
  • Arts, Activism And Social Change (ASS140-3) Optional
  • Climate Change: The Sociology Of Loss And Survival (ASS138-3) Optional
  • Human Rights And Global Governance (ASS147-3) Optional
  • Work And Welfare In The 21st Century (ASS145-3) Optional

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 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 you will demonstrate an 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 that are highly relevant to professional employability in a variety of sectors

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Why Study in the School of Applied Social Sciences?

  • Courses developed in partnership with practice agencies
  • Our research involving robots, shows that they can improve mental health and loneliness in the elderly
  • Part of the SASS change makers initiative

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

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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


Employability is built into the curriculum from the first day you arrive on campus and our students have gone on to a variety of roles including:

  • Care sector management roles
  • Social Enterprises, NGOs and the third sector
  • Local government officers
  • HR and recruitment
  • Further study, including MA/MSc in Social Work and Social Policy as well as PGCE (teacher training)

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 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

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 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

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

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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 2022/23 is £13,500 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

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

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 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

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 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

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

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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 2022/23 is £13,500 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

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

Extra Costs

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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