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Social Sciences BSc (Hons)

University of Bath

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date

    03-OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Direct your own learning with a broad-based training in the social sciences that is focused on cutting-edge issues of social change and justice.

This course draws on insights from several disciplines, including sociology, social policy as well as international development and criminology. You’ll be free to explore which issues or ideas in social science you find most interesting. You’ll study these from diverse perspectives and link them with relevant research skills. You’ll be supported in tailor-making your degree according to your interests.

In your first year you’ll study social policy, sociology and gain a firm grounding in research methods and sources of data. You'll develop an understanding of how society works and the levers of social change.

In your second year you'll continue a broad-based approach or choose to specialise in specific areas, whether it’s policy, social theory, or justice and conflict.

In your final year you’ll carry out a year-long social science dissertation. You'll be able to make use of a range of methodological skills you’ll have accumulated during the course.

Study in an enriched learning environment

You’ll learn from committed academics with expertise across the social sciences. Their international collaborations and research activities inform teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Our researchers have specialisms in:

  • children and families
  • health
  • international development
  • justice and rights
  • migration
  • policy design and analysis
  • poverty
  • violence and crime

Prepare for your future

Those who study our social sciences degrees have excellent graduate prospects with diverse options. Our graduates have worked as social and policy researchers, civil servants, international consultants, journalists, and in multiple government, charity sector and business-related roles.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Amazon
  • BBC Worldwide
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Guide Dogs
  • Parliamentary Research Service

Placement

The placement year will give you valuable practical experience and is an excellent opportunity to try different careers. It enables you to leave university with a strong CV and may set you apart from other graduates entering the job market. You can take placements in commercial, voluntary or government organisations, or in a research setting.

Our students have recently taken placements at:

  • British Chamber of Commerce (EU)
  • Dyson
  • Latin American Foundation for the Future
  • Pernod Ricard UK Ltd.
  • Welsh Government

Placement opportunities can’t be guaranteed but you will receive tailored support from our specialist team to help you secure a placement. Your placement may be paid or unpaid.

Application deadline

15 January

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Entry requirements

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A level : ABB

Desirable A level subjectsPreference for at least one humanities subject such as: History, Religious Studies, Geography, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Philosophy or Psychology.Alternative A level offerBBB plus one of the following:grade A in an EPQgrade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificategrade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectivesgrade B in a Core Mathematics qualificationgrade B in AS level Mathematics or Statistics

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University information

University of Bath

  • University League Table

    10th

  • Campus address

    University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 7AY, England

The University of Bath includes students and staff from all over the world. Over 130 nationalities are represented among nearly 4,000 international students.
Extra support is offered to students when they arrive, including collecting them from Heathrow Airport and organising a welcome programme of events.
English language support is available to non-native English speakers, helping them to continue building their language skills while they study.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 105 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    150 78%

    12th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85.0 85%

    1st

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.74 75%

    92nd

    47

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