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BA (Hons) in Social Science

The programme curriculum 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 and Study Skills the BA (Hons) Social Science offering considers both the causes of such problems and how they may be effectively tackled, drawing from local to global perspectives. Typically, the programme attracts students with a vested interest in people and communities, often those seeking to (or already engaged in) work with vulnerable individuals/populations. Our students frequently share aspirations of becoming “agents for change,” whether that be social, political or economic and, to that end, we expect our students to make active and meaningful contributions to the programme in developing both their academic and personal skill-set. We will provide opportunities to develop your own interests alongside the syllabus and to explore/pose your own questions, all in a relaxed but equally stimulating environment.

The BA (Hons) Social Science programme offers the chance to study locally for a highly respected degree awarded by the University of Lincoln but, by living and studying close to home. Dedicated Higher Education facilities together with good access to learning resources means that you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a high-quality education. We offer a structured approach to study, which provides a rigorous yet enjoyable undergraduate experience.

  • Full-time Study: 3 years (full-time study equating to no more than a 3-day campus attendance requirement per week in term-time)
  • Part-time Study: 4-6 years (as above in terms of expected campus attendance requirement)

UCAS Course Code: L310

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 6

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    Full-time Study: 3 years, Part-time Study: 4-6 years

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Lincoln

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This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:

Level 4 (Year 1):

Who Runs Britain – 30CATS

Social Issues & Social Justice – 30CATS

Images of Crime – 30CATS

Applying Research – 30CATS


Level 5 (Year 2):

Applying Criminology – 30CATS

Ideology Into Practice – 15CATS

Re-reading the Sociological Canon I – 15CATS

Re-reading the Sociological Canon II – 15CATS

Social Science in the Professions – 15CATS

Diversity, Difference & Exclusion – 15CATS

Researching in Social Science – 15CATS


Level 6 (Year 3):

Penology & Penal Policy – 30CATS

Independent Study – 30CATS

Human Rights – 15CATS

Body Politics – 15CATS

The following modules are options that students can choose from: (list)

Level 6 (Year 3) only:

Contemporary Social Theory – 30CATS

New Social Movements – 15CATS

Global Civil Society – 15CATS

Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.


Teaching and Assessment Methods

The primary way of delivering this course is on campus. On campus teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, guest lectures and one to one discussions with your tutor.

Both full-time and part-time study on the BA (Hons) Social Science programme is offered in an evening as well as during the day; typically requiring on-campus attendance for two evenings per week. Typically, students can expect to receive 8-hours of teaching per week if choosing to study during the day, reducing to 6-hours for evening-based study. The difference of 30-minutes per module between daytime and evening study is consistent across all three years and reflects a traditionally smaller class size in an evening.

The programme offers a range of assessment strategies aimed at developing key graduate skills, including critical awareness and reflexivity in both academic and personal contexts. Assessment comprises:

  • Written assignments (Essays, Literature Reviews, Case Studies, Independent study/research project)
  • Examinations –Both written and oral
  • Podcasts
  • Portfolio
  • Presentations/Seminar delivery (including group work)

32 UCAS points (All applicants aged 21 and under)

Where the required number of UCAS points may not have been achieved, consideration can be afforded to applicant’s personal and professional experiential learning and its relevance to the programme. Applications are considered on an individual basis and applicants may be required to complete a short piece of writing as part of the application process.

We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.

This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions. People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas including:

  • Criminal Justice System, including Probation, Prisons, Police, Youth Justice
  • Domestic/sexual abuse
  • Social work
  • Mental Health
  • Social policy development
  • Politics
  • Immigration
  • Welfare provision
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Support Work
  • Voluntary sector

 If you wish to continue studying beyond this course, it will provide you with a strong academic basis to do so. Course progression routes could include postgraduate Masters study, vocational on-the-job qualification such as the “Step Up to Social Work” graduate scheme or, doctoral research (PhD). Those students seeking to join the education sector tend also to embark upon PGCE programmes in preparation for teaching after receiving their Social Science degree.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees


£7940.00 PA

Additional Costs

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.

You may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Apply or enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

  • Course code: L310
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL)
  • Campus code: N

Apply on the UCAS website Make an enquiry Call 01724 294125

Apply direct to UCNL if we are your only option