Combine a broad and balanced foundation in the social sciences with an exploration of a range of social problems such as poverty, unemployment, crime, child abuse, pollution and environmental damage.
With the breadth of knowledge and transferable skills you'll gain on this course, you'll be well placed to pursue a career in a number of fields, especially in the public and voluntary sectors as a policy advisor, policy analyst, researcher, campaigner, journalist or civil servant.
I decided to keep my degree as open and flexible as possible, opting for the BA in Applied Social Science. This allowed me to structure my degree around my emerging preferences and each of the modules I undertook felt relevant and absorbing. The quality of teaching was excellent with many of the lecturers being real experts in their field and obviously passionate about their subject.Clair, BA Applied Social Science
In the Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment which compares the research activity of all Social Policy and Social Work departments in the UK, York was ranked equal first in the UK for the impact of our research and third overall.
The city of York has a long tradition of social reform and was the site of the world's first scientific study of poverty.
This degree allows you to study a wide range of social science disciplines. You'll find it's suitable if you want to address social issues such as poverty, social exclusion and child wellbeing. It will also help you explore public policy and how social, economic and political decision-making influences people's lives.
You'll study core modules designed specifically for this course that will give you a thorough grounding in social sciences. From your second year you'll choose from a selection of modules which allow you to tailor your degree to your own interests.
Between your second and third year you have an option to undertake a placement which is an ideal way to experience the way policy is implemented on the ground.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
In your first year you'll study four core modules that will give you a broad introduction to a range of core social science subjects.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
In your second year you'll study one core module and choose three option modules.
You'll choose three option modules from a list including:
In your third year you have a choice of four option modules or three option modules and a work placement. You'll also complete a dissertation: an extended essay based on your own research.
You'll choose three modules from a list including:
In the summer holiday before the third year starts you can undertake a work-shadowing placement that lasts around 80 hours. This will allow you to learn from professionals in a field you're interested in. Watching professionals at work is a completely different learning experience which can help you develop ideas for your dissertation and your future career.
The third year dissertation is a great opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding in independent supervised research on a topic of your interest. Previous dissertation titles include:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
York is a great student city with lots of activities to take part in on & off campus. The teaching is very engaging and there’s a friendly atmosphere.Lydia, BA Applied Social Science
The fees and funding figures below are for 2021/22 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year
|UK (home)||International and EU|
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
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Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
We emphasise small-group working: you'll mainly be taught in lectures of 50-100 students and take part in seminars of 12-15 people. In the second and third years the lecture groups will be smaller as you begin to specialise.
You'll also take part in group-based workshops. Some will involve scenario-based role play and some will be practical sessions examining data to help you understand a specific issue in depth. You'll also hear from external speakers about the latest issues in policy and practice.
You'll be supported by your personal supervisor with one-to-one meetings twice a term. Our staff have weekly office hours when you can make an appointment to discuss issues on a one-to-one basis.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||4 hours per week|
|Seminars||4 hours per week|
These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.
Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practise completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.
You will be based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work on Campus West. Your teaching will take place in various locations around Campus East and Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, with emphasis on continuous assessment. The most common form of assessment is by essay, and you'll be supported with seminar sessions on writing academic essays. You may also be assessed by presentation, group workshop reports, data analysis exercises and portfolios of work. There is minimal use of closed examinations.
Your dissertation will be 10,000 words long and you'll be supported by a supervisor who specialises in the subject you're interested in.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
My lecturers know me personally and the department is really friendly. As students you feel like you are an important part of the department, not just there to be preached at. The staff are always asking for our views and opinions and adapting to our needs. I feel like our opinions are really valued.Katherine, BA Applied Social Science
The nature of our degree means you can pursue career-related interests throughout your study and the optional work-based placement is a useful way to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to future employers.
We have a list of career profiles and mentoring opportunities for our students. You can view the stories of our alumni and learn where their degree has taken them. Login as a 'friend' to view the profiles.
Recent employment destinations include:
Other students have chosen to continue developing skills through postgraduate training or master's degrees.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||21 credits at Distinction and 24 credits at Merit or higher|
|BTEC National Extended Diploma||DDM|
|Cambridge Pre-U||M2, M2, M2|
|European Baccalaureate||75% overall|
|International Baccalaureate||31 points overall|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|Widening participation||If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities. More about widening participation.|
|Contextual offers||If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.|
|EPQ||If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
|Core Maths||If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, with a minimum of 55 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
|Duolingo||110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component|
|LanguageCert International ESOL SELT||B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component|
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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