BA (Hons) Social Sciences

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Gain a comprehensive understanding of society, culture and human interaction and develop relevant skills for employment including the ability to think critically and analytically.

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    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

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Course introduction

Social sciences offer an insight into many different aspects of our lives as individuals and as part of society.

On this course you have the opportunity to study a range of social science disciplines including sociology, history, geography, psychology and politics. Added to this is an extensive range of optional subjects.

With its wide range of subject matter, this course can carry you into areas as diverse as social care, teaching and commercial or public sector management.


This course provides you with knowledge and understanding about the social world but also encourages you to develop wider skills relevant to employment.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about social scientific research on a range of subjects including Scottish cultural identity, environmental politics, social inequalities, the sociology of organisations and social change. You’ll also learn about doing research and carry out your own research projects.

The most important skill you’ll acquire on this course is the ability to think critically and analytically. You’ll learn to assimilate and interpret vastly differing viewpoints and information, developing them in the context of social theories and practices.

Your communication and collaborative skills will be enhanced, as will your knowledge of social research methods.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and through independent study.

Whether you complete the Honours degree or graduate after three years to progress to further studies in teacher training or social work, you’ll leave with a comprehensive understanding of society, culture and human interaction.

What you study

Year 1

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary British History
  • Understanding Social Science Research
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Understanding Social Change
  • Social Psychology

Year 2

  • Politics in British Society
  • Doing Quantitative Research
  • Sociological Theory
  • Society, Space & Place

Options from modules such as:

  • Volunteering & Employability
  • Psychology of Child Development
  • Popular Culture
  • Film Theory
  • Global Current Affairs
  • Creativity, Innovation & Enterprise

Year 3

  • Sociology of Organisations
  • Researching the Social Sciences

Options from modules such as:

  • Environment, Politics & Society
  • Sexuality & Gender
  • History of Crime, Correction & Reform
  • Interpreting Scottish History
  • Social & Cultural Landscapes
  • Violence, Victimisation & Society
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Work Psychology

Year 4

  • Preparing for the Honours Project
  • Honours Project

Options from modules such as:

  • Social Identities
  • Cultural Values of the Natural World
  • Sociology of Design
  • Surveillance & Society
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Critical Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Employment prospects are very diverse. Many graduates enter the public sector, including work for government agencies or local councils, and the third sector (charities or social enterprise). They may be involved in delivering services in the community.  Others enter commercial fields, including retail and finance.  

Some graduates go on to postgraduate studies or further training after completing their degree, as this is required to enter professional careers such as social work, teaching or social research.   

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBB including English or literary subject*.

National 5 C in Maths.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including English or literary subject* at grade B.

National 5 grade C in Maths.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including English or literary subject*.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including literary subject*.

C2 at Ordinary Level in Maths.

New Grading System 

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include a Literary subject*

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in Maths.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including English at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL Maths.


Pass in Social Care with B in the graded unit.

National 5 C in Maths.

Minimum year 2


Pass in Social Sciences with A in the graded unit. 

SQA Advanced Higher 

BBC to include English or literary subject*

A Level 

BBB to include English or literary subject*

* Modern Studies, History, Geography, Psychology or Sociology.

Minimum year 3


Pass in Social Sciences with Grades AB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units.

English Language Requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas £12,350 tba

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