Social Science (BSc)
Our Social Science BSc is an excellent way to obtain the maximum benefit from your time studying in one of the UK's largest and most successful centres of social science.
The BSc in Social Science allows you to study across the social science spectrum - criminology, education, psychology, sociology, social analytics, social policy - and think outside of conventional disciplinary boundaries. It is an excellent opportunity to study an interdisciplinary degree, allowing you to combine the theories and methods of the different disciplines to increase your knowledge and understanding.
This programme will introduce you to a range of social science perspectives and methods. You can build on this foundation by choosing modules that reflect your own academic and career interests.
- This course is characterised by a minimal number of core modules and the flexibility to pick-and-mix modules from across the other undergraduate schemes offered by the School of Social Sciences
- This flexibility allows you to either sample a broad mix of topics from across the range of available options or to organise your studies thematically
- Opportunity to study a credit-bearing placement module
- The opportunity for you to learn in a School that was ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality in sociology and 5th for education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF)
- The involvement of research-active staff in teaching
- The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
- The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School
- The opportunity to study abroad.
|Next intake||September 2018|
|Typical places available||The School typically has 280 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives 1250 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||BBB. You will not need to achieve these from any specific subjects but please note General Studies will not be accepted. Contextually flagged applications (such as those students leaving care or from areas where there has traditionally been low rates of participation in higher education) may receive an offer at one grade lower.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||Achieve the IB Diploma with a minimum of 17-16 in 3 HL subjects. Contextually flagged applications (such as those students leaving care or from areas where there has traditionally been low rates of participation in higher education) may receive an offer at one grade lower.|
|Alternative qualifications||Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Social Sciences admissions criteria pages.|
|English Language requirements||If you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.|
|Other requirements||You will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C.|
We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2018 and this page will be updated by end of October 2018 to reflect the changes.
This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. You’ll study six 20-credit modules a year, with the option to take a 40-credit dissertation in year three. The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.
You will take five compulsory 20-credit modules in Year One. These are designed to introduce you to the key ideas and research in your chosen area and to teach you the skills needed to succeed at university. You will also have the opportunity to take one additional module from within the School to make up the full 120 credits you need to complete Year One.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|An Introduction to Education||SI0279||20 credits|
|Introduction to Social and Public Policy||SI0282||20 credits|
|Sociology, Society and Social Change||SI0283||20 credits|
|Foundations of Contemporary Criminology||SI0284||20 credits|
|Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics||SI0286||20 credits|
|Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology||SI0287||20 credits|
You will take a core module in social research methods and choose your remaining modules from a selection spanning the social sciences, as listed below.
You will consolidate your understanding of core methods and theories in the social sciences and have the option of using your module choices to create a specialist pathway that will become the focus of your studies. If you prefer, you may choose a more interdisciplinary combination.
Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules to best suit a particular pathway with you future career choices in mind.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Human Development||SI0036||20 credits|
|Social Theory||SI0066||20 credits|
|Social Policy Analysis||SI0067||20 credits|
|Gender Relations and Society||SI0072||20 credits|
|Inequality and the Division of Labour||SI0075||20 credits|
|Children and Childhood||SI0141||20 credits|
|Offending and Victimisation||SI0201||20 credits|
|Responses to Crime||SI0202||20 credits|
|Sociology of Education||SI0234||20 credits|
|Migration, 'Race' and Ethnic Relations||SI0235||20 credits|
|Cultural Sociology||SI0239||20 credits|
|Working Knowledge: Analysing and Experiencing Employment (with Placement)||SI0240||20 credits|
|Ethnography and Everyday Life||SI0243||20 credits|
|Poverty and Social Security in the UK||SI0260||20 credits|
|Cognitive and Biological Psychology||SI0261||20 credits|
|What Really Happens in Education: Assessing Policy in Practice||SI0262||20 credits|
|Real World Research (with Placement)||SI0265||20 credits|
|Current Debates in Identity and Subjectivity||SI0268||20 credits|
|Knowing the Social World: Online and Offline Surveys||SI0278||20 credits|
In year three, you will have the option to undertake a dissertation project, designing, conducting and writing up a small scale research project supervised by a member of academic staff.
When choosing your year three modules, you should consider what would be most appropriate based on your year two choices. Your personal tutor will help you with this.
How will I be taught?
In the School of Social Sciences you will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.
In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests.
As social science develops in response to the social world, so our curriculum also changes. Our students play an important role in these developments, with the Student-Staff Panel being consulted about major changes and all students completing module evaluations and an annual student survey.
How will I be supported?
A personal tutor will guide you for the duration of your studies. The tutors are available to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance on your academic studies.
All modules within the course make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across the degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects
You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake assessments that don’t count towards your final grade but give you an opportunity to assess your progress and to get feedback on your work.
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will acquire and develop a range of skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:
- knowledge of contemporary theory and research in your chosen discipline;
- communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team);
- using ICT;
- interpreting and presenting relevant information, for example as part of a research project.
- demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work;
- recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
- managing learning and performance (including time management);
- demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.
In 2015/16, 96% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.
We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.
UK and EU students (2018/19)
The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.
Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Students from outside the EU (2018/19)
Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes and Medical and Dental courses. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.
The School of Social Sciences has a dedicated Placements Manager who can offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.