Applied Social Sciences employability

Practitioner and transferable skills

Peer learning and collaboration for equality and diversity

The department provides many opportunities for working together with other students as part of the taught curriculum and peer motivation.

Critical positions on key social issues

You will take part in lectures and workshops looking at key social issues to enable to you to develop critical positions.

Group work and problem-solving skills developed

We use a diverse range of assessments throughout your three years. Group work will encourage you to become accustomed to, and prepared for, multi-agency working.

Communication and academic skills assessed

You will be assessed on your professionalism, effective communication as well as research skills.

Personal and professional development

Job application, CV and interview preparation

We will help you get ready to apply for jobs and go to interviews through workshops provided by our Careers and Employability Service and our lecturing staff.

Independent research to identify career paths

You will undertake an independent project in your final year enabling you to investigate topics of interest to support your future career.

Guided reflective learning

We will guide you towards reflective learning across your curriculum via lectures, workshops and assessments.

Portfolio experience

Teaching addresses actual social challenges

All our teaching, across all units, is based on new and established research regarding today’s social challenges.

Assignments based on real life issues

Your assignments are based on real case studies and case conferences, while extra curriculum opportunities will allow you to learn first-hand more about real-life issues.

Simulated assessment centres

Our links with employers provide extra curricular activities in simulated assessment centres (dependant on funding).

Ethics and safeguarding

Ethics and safeguarding is crucially important in Human Services, and this is emphasised in specific units (e.g. child protection) as well as in your dissertation where you will submit ethical considerations.

Professional recognition and endorsement

Client-centred approaches

Making the client central to decisions about their life and care is at the heart of Human Services and so this is taught across many units.

External guest lecturers

You will benefit from our close links with relevant services and agencies through their visits.

Employer inputs to course development

Through the Teaching and Learning project 2015 we are engaging with employers around enhancing student employability.


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