Bachelor
of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons)) in Social Science

BA (Hons) Social Science offers you the chance to study locally for a nationally recognised and highly respected degree by enrolling as a student of the University Campus North Lincolnshire on a programme validated by the University of Lincoln, but living and studying at home.
Dedicated Higher Education facilities together with good access to learning resources means that you don’t have to travel far to get a good education. We offer a structured approach to study, which provides you with a rigorous yet enjoyable undergraduate experience.
The programme considers a wide range of contemporary social issues and concerns such as poverty, homelessness, environmental problems and crime with a good balance between theory and evidence. Using the disciplines of Criminology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Theory, Research Methods and Study Skills, BA (Hons) Social Science considers both the causes of such problems and how they may be tackled in a relaxed but stimulating environment. We expect you to make an impact on the programme by giving you the opportunity to develop your own interests and pose your own arguments.

UCAS Course Code: L310

If you are looking for a full-time or part-time course in Higher Education to study at UCNL, look no further as we explain the process of how to apply. You'll be on the path to success in no time at all!

All applications for entry to full time programmes must be made through the national Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS)

When: as a general guide, applications can be made to UCAS between September and mid-January. Please check their website (www.ucas.com) for further information. We do consider applications throughout the year, although the earlier you submit, the earlier you will receive a decision and can start to plan accordingly.

How: Once you have found the perfect course on the study at UCNL page and you are ready to apply, you have a couple of options:

  • (Recommended) Make An Online Enquiry

    Click the enquire button next to the course you wish to apply for. You will then be asked to fill out a form to help us speed up the process. Once we have your details, you can sit back and relax whilst you wait for one of our friendly and experienced staff to get in touch and guide you through the process.

  • Contact Us

    You can also contact us directly with any queries you may have. Simply head over to our contact page and choose your preferred method.

  • UCAS

    Alternatively, you can head directly to the UCAS website: http://www.ucas.ac.uk.

    Please use the following details to find us on the UCAS website:

    The UCAS Code for the DN Colleges Group is: N64 (The University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL)

    Campus Code:
    N (UCNL) 
    Campus Code: D (University Centre Doncaster) 

Please note that UCNL is part of the DN Colleges Group.

Once you have submitted your application, UCAS will send copies to all of your selected institutions.

 

Each will make a decision based on your application, and may invite you for an interview.

 

If we can offer you a place on a course, the offer will be communicated via UCAS TRACK.

 

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, an institution could also offer you an alternative course, or will provide you with feedback about why they were unable to offer you a place.

 

If you receive an offer, it will either be:

  • Conditional – you must meet certain conditions which are usually based on exam results.
  • Unconditional – you have been accepted without any further conditions.

Offers should be accepted or declined. You may accept an offer as Firm or Insurance.

  • Firm is your preferred choice.
  • Insurance is your back-up choice.

All applications for part-time programmes should be made directly to UCNL, using a Higher Education Part Time Application form. This is available by emailing enquiries@ucnl.ac.uk. Alternatively, click the ‘enquire’ button located next to the course you wish to apply for.

Loans for tuition fees are available to full-time and part-time students (subject to current Government funding criteria), from Student Finance England and are known as 'Tuition Fee Loans'.

 

You will need to ensure that student finance is in place prior to the start of your course to ensure payments for tuition fees and maintenance grants are made in a timely fashion.

Please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for more information and guidance. Should you need some assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

UCNL has a range of financial support awards available for students. These include:

  • The Student Opportunity Fund
    This is also referred to as the Hardship Fund and is an amount of money UCNL holds in order to allocate to students facing financial hardship and difficulty. Applications to the fund can be made from late October throughout the academic year. This is NOT a loan and is not repayable.To qualify you must have applied for a student loan. If following this, you are still in hardship you may apply to the fund for help. Following a standard assessment, you may qualify for a termly payment based upon attendance or if you have an unexpected large expense you may qualify for a non-standard award to help towards the cost.Additionally, students facing unexpected financial difficulties may be eligible for a short term repayable loan. Information can be provided by the UCNL Information and Advice office.
  • Bursaries Students may also be able to apply for a number of financial bursaries. These include awards available to students who are care leavers and those from low participation neighbourhoods. Please note that there is a limited number of awards available. For further details, please contact the Information and Advice office.
  • Council Tax Certificates Exemption certificates can be arranged for full-time Students only. Please contact the UCNL Information and Advice Office for further details.

We encourage all students to become members of The Student Society which is proactively involved in UCNL and creates the opportunity for students to provide feedback and share ideas and suggestions with regards to their student experience. The Student Society allows students the chance to develop their interests, to network and engage with other students and staff, to work in partnership with UCNL to achieve goals and to discuss their student experience.

We are always trying to find creative and innovate ways of inspiring our students to enhance their experience. In previous years the Student Society has been engaged in UCNL's first student-led conference, 'UCNL's Got Talent', has helped develop UNCL’s LGBTQ+ Group and has been responsible for providing a forum to discuss student suggestions, leading to changes such as the introduction of microwaves in the Bistro for HE students. 

If you think that you could make a real difference and would like to join, please come to one of our advertised meetings or ask your Programme Leader about who you go to for more information.

This Student Charter has been developed in partnership between staff, students and members of the Student Society, setting out ways in which everyone will work together to make your time at UCNL enjoyable, successful and rewarding.

If you are interested in viewing our Student Charter follow this link.

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Course Details

Year 1 offers a general introduction to understanding and applying Social Science whilst developing you as a student.
“Social Issues and Social Justice” considers the varying ways in which society looks after its members with the emphasis being upon debates around the extent and nature of welfare provision. For example, should state welfare provision take full responsibility for members of society or should the individual look after themselves?
“Images of Crime” focuses on the study of crime, deviance and framing of ‘criminal’ activity, considering not only what deviance is, but also how we come to know about it and how we may seek to prevent or punish criminal activities.
“Applying Research” attempts to gauge opinion on various social phenomenon. For example, this could be testing the effectiveness of a social policy or understanding the complexities of drug addiction.
“Who Runs Britain” is a political module that introduces students to the role and scope of the British Government and assessing Britain’s place in the world.
Years 2 and 3 build upon these fields of interest and develop into more focussed attention of human rights issues, theories of punishment, political activism, sociological concerns such as race, gender, sexuality and social class and the influence of the body on the self. Students also delve into the Sociological Canon to glean an understanding of the philosophical and sociological foundations of contemporary society and its issues. Students are afforded increasing levels of autonomy in relation to developing their own individual study interests as the degree progresses.
The study of each disciplinary field contributes to students’ understanding of other fields and you will find that the programme as a whole is focused upon developing a wider understanding of social issues/problems. You will also take a Study Skills module, which will not only develop your approaches to Social Science but also increase your level of academic ability. A dedicated employability module in Year 2 will encourage you to research your chosen career pathway and develop your transferable skills.
Our academic week involves class-based study usually delivered through lectures and interactive seminars/workshops with assessments throughout the year. You will be expected to engage in weekly reading prior to sessions.

Entry Requirements

32 UCAS Points

Mature students without the required number of UCAS points will be assessed via interview.

Course Progression

Previous graduates have taken up a variety of positions such as:
• Teaching, BA (Hons) Social Science is acceptable for gaining Qualified Teacher Status in some subjects
• Prison and Probation Officers
• Training Co-ordinator
• Housing Officer (Ongo)
• Social Inclusion Officer (Schools)
• Development Officer (Young Offenders),
• Education Project Worker (HM Prisons)
• Mental Health Project Leader
• Support Worker (with a variety of vulnerable groups within society)
Others have used it to gain entry to the Police Force and to the Home Office. Some have continued their learning and studied at Masters level in a variety of topic areas, such as Education, Criminology, Politics, International Relations, Law, Gender and Social Work. PhD Study is also a viable option following satisfactory completion of the programme.
Many employers do not specify a particular degree when recruiting therefore you could apply your knowledge and skills to almost any job role.

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods are used including written essays, presentations, portfolios, mixed media assignments, in-Previous graduates have taken up a variety of positions such as:
• Teaching, BA (Hons) Social Science is acceptable for gaining Qualified Teacher Status in some subjects
• Prison and Probation Officers
• Training Co-ordinator
• Housing Officer (Ongo)
• Social Inclusion Officer (Schools)
• Development Officer (Young Offenders),
• Education Project Worker (HM Prisons)
• Mental Health Project Leader
• Support Worker (with a variety of vulnerable groups within society)
Others have used it to gain entry to the Police Force and to the Home Office. Some have continued their learning and studied at Masters level in a variety of topic areas, such as Education, Criminology, Politics, International Relations, Law, Gender and Social Work. PhD Study is also a viable option following satisfactory completion of the programme.
Many employers do not specify a particular degree when recruiting therefore you could apply your knowledge and skills to almost any job role.
class tests, examinations, posters and a dissertation.

Course Fees

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay, eg: Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library and online, but you may want to buy your own copies).
Printing and photocopying.
This programme does not require you to undertake a work placement. There are however a number of opportunities to travel and experience the world with the Social Science programme as well as the provision of guest lectures, UK-based trips, conferences, etc.

Call 01724 294125 Email enquiries@ucnl.ac.uk

Scholarship, Engagement and Employability (SEE)

When you study at the University Centre, we want you to leave with so much more than a qualification. We are committed to the philosophy of students as partners within a learning community. To this end, there are many opportunities to get involved, including:

  • Student conferences, exhibitions and poster presentations
  • Cross disciplinary event, at the annual science fair
  • Staff/student research, including publication and conference presentation
  • Student Society Group
  • Business & Management Exhibition