University of Brighton

Social Science

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    Part-time: 6 years (max 8 years)

    UCAS code L540

    About the course

    Social Science is a very flexible degree, and allows students to choose from a wide range of modules in applied psychology, criminology, politics and social policy. These are then combined with a set of sociological and social research modules, which focus on core debates and issues across the social sciences.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.



    International Baccalaureate:
    32 points.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass with at least 45 credits at level 3. Social sciences courses preferred.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.

    Foundation degree/HND
    /HNC may enable you to start the course in year 2 or 3 provided content is relevant.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

    relevant professional experience.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    The degree aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding in general sociological theories and social research methods, while giving them the opportunity to choose an area of applied social science in which to exercise that knowledge and understanding.

    These option choices can be focused on one area, for example criminology or psychology, throughout the degree. Alternatively, students can choose to take a variety of options drawn from different areas of applied social science.

    There is great emphasis on developing both academic and vocational skills.

    Opportunities are available for exchange study in France, Spain, Sweden and the USA. Students with competence in Spanish and/or French are particularly welcome.

    Areas of study

    Year 1 introduces the key social sciences of sociology, psychology, and economics along with social research methods.

    Year 2 continues this exploration by deepening students' understanding of key perspectives in sociological theory and social research methods. Students choose options in the applied social sciences of criminology, psychology, social policy, and environmentalism. There is an opportunity to take a vocationally-oriented placement, and to investigate in depth topics of interest within the applied social sciences.

    The year 3 dissertation gives students a chance to analyse at length a topic of interest within their area of study. The dissertation is supported by other modules, and students broaden and deepen their understanding of their optional areas of applied social science.


    Year 1:
    Sociological Imaginations
    Contemporary Social Inequalities
    Foundations of Sociology
    Introduction to Research Methods

    One from:
    Introduction to Applied Psychology
    Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies
    Social Policy and Social Welfare
    What is Politics / Politics in Brighton

    One from:
    Social Policy: Needs and Problems
    Developmental Psychology
    Theories of Crime
    European Politics

    Year 2
    Theorising the Social World
    Researching Social and Cultural Life
    Community Engagement: Theory into Practice or Critical Analysis

    One from:
    Psychology, Cognition and Social Worlds
    Criminologies of Crime Control
    History and Social Policy
    Comparative Politics

    Two from:
    Sociology of the Life Course
    Social Justice, Welfare and Wellbeing
    Political Ideas
    Critical Perspectives on Criminal Justice

    Year 3
    Sociology Topic 1 (Options)

    One from:
    Topics in Applied Psychology
    Policy Analysis
    Global Social Policy
    Environmental Politics
    Cross-Cultural Criminology
    Global Issues: Crime, Power, Harm

    Two from:
    Care Ethics and Social Policy
    Sociology Topic 2 (Options)
    Contemporary Studies in Crime and Justice 1
    Critical Community Psychology
    Critical Addiction Studies
    Transport, Mobility and Social Exclusion
    Global Political Architecture

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    BA(Hons) Social Science  [L1EA005]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)13,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Falmer

    Our Falmer campus is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park on the outskirts of Brighton. Approximately 7,000 students are based here.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Staff profiles

    Stephanie Fleischer, course leader

    I am a great believer in interdisciplinarity. In the social sciences we refer to different social disciplines which highlight the complexity of social issues by drawing on different theories and perspectives.

    Further, I have been teaching research methods for many years. This is an important part of the social science degree as findings not only provide answers and evidence to phenomena in society but also raise new questions of the social and cultural world we live in.


  • Student views

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    Robin Corker, Social Science BA(Hons), Graduate 2012

    I loved the course; I can unashamedly say it has changed my life and future for the better.  There were many positive aspects of the course. These included some exceptional teaching, inspiring modules, wonderful administrative support and tutor guidance.

    Specific modules such as Global Social Policy, Sociological Analysis: Concepts & Theories and the Dissertation have significantly impacted on my future. The enjoyment, subsequent success and feedback I have had in these modules have made me realise that I can have a really successful academic career.

    Now that I have completed my degree with a First Class Hons, I am going to do a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Brighton. Having spoken to my forthcoming Masters tutor I am also beginning my initial planning into my future PhD application. Following the completion on my PhD, ultimately I want to become a lecturer in Social Policy. 

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    Virginia Silberberg, Social Science BA(Hons)

    The best part of the course is that it covers such a wide range of subjects, I have not only learnt about psychology, but sociology, economics and aspects of care. I really enjoyed the applied psychology module I completed last term. It demonstrated how psychological theory is implemented in everyday life.

    I also liked doing my research project earlier this year. We had the freedom to choose which area we wanted to look at and I chose to focus on body image as I have always been interested in this topic. It didn't feel like doing work at all. I know it sounds geeky but I did really enjoy reading lots of journals and strengthening my knowledge in the area.

  • Career opportunities

    A variety of careers is open to social science graduates, depending on which applied areas they choose. Potential vocations include educational psychology, health psychology, occupational psychology, social work, research or management in pressure and interest groups, local government, personnel management, the probation service, the prison service and the police.

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  • More...

    Excellent Facilities

    The School of Applied Social Science is located on the attractive Falmer campus, only four miles from central Brighton.  Facilities at Falmer include a state of the art computer centre, extensive library and a media resources centre for student use.

    Other student support services include the university’s careers centre, welfare service, a counselling service, chaplaincy and childcare provision.


    Our lecturers in social science are all involved in national and international research cultures, publishing and speaking to national and international audiences, and are frequently reported in local, national and international media.

    Ongoing research work informs our teaching, making it contemporary, innovative and dynamic. 

    Our degrees enable students to acquire the essential research skills needed for investigating experience and behaviour, supporting students to develop the ability to conduct research independently.

    Community participation and development

    Teaching and research within the School of Applied Social Science is supported by our links with local communities.

    The School’s close working relationship with the university’s Community University Partnership project (Cupp) allows us to offer our undergraduate students the opportunity to combine practical experience within a community or voluntary organisation with academic study. 

    The Community Participation and Development (CPD) module offers the opportunity to explore some of your personal values and aspirations while working for 30 to 50 hours on a relevant placement.  Staff and students provide their skills and expertise, working alongside community organisations to help them achieve their aims.  For example students on criminology courses may wish to work with a crime prevention organisation while sociology students may wish to work in a homeless shelter or a local pressure group.

    It is offered in 10- and 20-credit modules at levels 2 and 3, and assessment is based on reflective as well as analytical assignments which encourage you to look at your own personal journey as well as the policy and practice of the organisation in which your placement is based.

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