Social Studies BA (Hons) (L310)



University of Bedfordshire

Social Studies BA (Hons)

Requirements / Wymagania

Matematyka  minimum 50%  -
Ogólna średnia 60% ze wszystkich przedmiotów na maturze (ustne, pisemne, poziom podstawowy i rozszerzony) minimum 60% minimum 60%
J. angielski minimum 60% ustny i pisemny -
Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury - średnia 5.5 z minimum 5.5 w każdej części -
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About the course

A degree you can tailor to your interests, while enhancing your career prospects – employers value the transferable skills gained by Applied Social Studies graduates.

Gain a deep understanding of the lives of individuals, communities and workplaces, the issues faced by vulnerable individuals and groups in our society, and the policy, legal, cultural and organisational contexts.

After a foundation in the first year, choose specific areas like: children and adult services, criminal justice, welfare systems, disability issues, community care, public health, multi-agency working, globalisation and the law.


Why choose this course?

  • Learn practical skills relevant to a wide range of human services work including management practice, communication and multi-agency working
  • Study areas informed by research at the forefront of social work and development, including trafficking studies, youth offending vulnerable social groups
  • Gain knowledge and skills in communication, team-working and research
  • Explore your choice of areas such as children and families, crime, health care, disability, older people and global policy issues
  • Benefit from a course which helps you develop breadth of mind, transferable knowledge
  • and skills and humanistic values – all of which will help you attract potential employers

This course draws on world-leading research from both the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime and The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, recently awarded the Queen’s Award for pioneering research into child sexual exploitation.

The course covers both national and global social issues and policy responses and interventions across the human services.

Modular structure

The units you will study are a mix of core and option units all focusing on knowledge, skills and analysis – essential requirements for your employability.


students do three core units and choose one option unit:


  • Investigating Social Life
  • Introduction to the Human Services
  • Foundations in the Social Sciences


  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Working with Children, Young People and Families


students do four core units and choose two option units:


  • Exploring the Social Sciences
  • Research Approaches in the Social World
  • Multi-Agency Working
  • Comparing Welfare Internationally


  • Global News Media and Contemporary Audiences
  • Disability in Childhood: critical perspectives on policy and practice
  • Mental Health and Society
  • Contemporary Forced Migration
  • Managing and Management in the Human Services
  • Child Welfare: perspectives on and approaches to risk assessment
  • Studies in ‘Race’ and Ethnicity
  • Young People, Gangs and Group Offending


students do two core units and choose two option units:


  • Independent Project in Health and Social Care
  • Ideas and Issues in Globalisation


  • Dependency and Care: Critical perspectives on policy and practice
  • The Social Body
  • Violence in Contemporary Society
  • Comparative Youth Justice
  • Current Issues in the Human Services
  • Human Services Today
  • Contemporary Issues in Inclusion and Exclusion in Education

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and abilities through a range of different assessments.

You will undertake written assignments – essays and reports – as well as participating in group conferences, poster presentations, and presentations.

These presentations are designed to build your confidence and become accustomed to presenting yourself in a variety of settings. Being able to practice these skills in a supportive environment will develop this essential employability skill.

You will also have in-class tests and two examinations – one in the first year and one in the third year – to allow you to demonstrate and record your ability to work under pressure.

However, the weight of assessments are written assignments and these allow you to explore the subject in depth through detailed research and construct an argument based on the evidence you gain in preparing the assignment.

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